[ English & Hindi Play with English supertitles ]
AN ICS THEATRE PRODUCTION
Meet the Director:
Mr. Mahesh Dattani is a renowned playwright, stage director, screenwriter and filmmaker. His works include Final Solutions, Tara, A Collected Works, Brief Candle and Other Plays and most recently Me and My Plays published by Penguin. In 1998, Mahesh Dattani won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his book Final Solutions and Other Plays, the highest award for literary work in India. Mahesh is the first playwright, writing in English, to receive this award. Today his plays are produced in all the major cities of India. His works have been produced in cities outside India as well including London, Leicester, New York, Washington DC, Sydney, Colombo, Toronto and Dubai.
Most notably, his play, Dance Like a Man, has completed 600 performances and continues to tour to date. He has written and directed, Mango Soufflé, a film that was adjudged best motion picture at the Barcelona Film Festival in 2003. His film Morning Raga (for which he was writer and director) had its international premiere at the Cairo Film Festival where he won the award for best artistic contribution. Most recently, he has directed his play, 30 Days in September, for Zee Theatre Productions.
Chekhov Express is Mahesh’s fourth directorial collaboration with ICS Theatre after Rakt Phera (2018), Chak De Chekhov! (2017) and The Masrayana (2016).
Meet the Assistant Director:
Barkha Kishnani, the founder and heart & soul of ICS Theatre has always had a passion for the arts. Together with her mentoring skills and a keen eye for detail, she has led ICS Theatre to a prominent spot in the theatre landscape. Some of her on-stage theatre achievements include Rudali, The Little Clay Cart, Never Mind, Tartuffe and Rakt Phera. She has assisted Dr. Farley Richmond in Romance in the Garden and Silence! The Court is in Session and Mr. Mahesh Dattani in The Masrayana, Chak De Chekhov! and most recently in Chekhov Express. She has also been the Artistic Director for Satrangi School of Fusion’s Winter Manmohini, for the past 8 years. Barkha, who is a realtor by profession, is a past president of ICS and has been playing a leadership role in the organization for over a decade. She lives in East Brunswick with her loving husband and two beautiful daughters, both of whom are budding professionals in the field of Arts...to people that have known and worked with Barkha, that comes as no surprise.
Chekhov Express is a collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov, adapted to an Indian setting. These short stories transcend the barrier of time and place. Stories that transport you to modern day India in a voice that’s fresh, unique and resonant with Chekhov’s delicate humor.
Chekhov Express will help you relive the magic of Indian railway stations and train journeys!
Yaad aa jaayega woh guzara zamana! Khushbu bheeni bheeni-zaayka suhaana!
Chai, Soda, Thanda, Garam,
With Anton Chekhov
CHEKHOV EXPRESS - STORIES, CAST & CREW
English adapatation: Mahesh Dattani Hindi adapatation: Aditya Datey
A COUNTRY COTTAGE
English adaptation of A Country Cottage
Narrator: Gayatri Desai
Varsha: Jyoti Presswala
Sirish: Suraj Songire
Coolie: Sanjay Kripalani
CHOR KISKO BOLTA HAI !!
Hindi adaptation of The Malefactor
Narrator/Constable: Anil Joseph
Inspector Kadam: Sanjay Kripalani
Prisoner: Shailendra Khurana
Constable Jadhav: Suraj Songire
Jankibai: Lavanya Gopal
Fisherwoman 1: Debjani Banerjee
Fisherwoman 2: Gayatri Desai
Fisherwoman 3: Jyoti Presswala
Hindi adaptation of The Cattle Breeder
Narrator: Lavanya Gopal
Narayan Joo: Shailendra Khurana
Gopi: Suraj Songire
Cattle Buyer/Street Seller: Anil Joseph
Driver/Guard/Sadhu/Butcher: Sanjay Kripalani
UFF! YEH PUBLIC!
Hindi adaptation of Oh! The Public
Narrator/Man 2: Shailendra Khurana
TC Pandey: Anil Joseph
TC: Suraj Songire
Wealthy Woman: Gayatri Desai
Passenger 1: Debjani Banerjee
Passenger 2: Lavanya Gopal
Passenger 3: Jyoti Presswala
Station Master/Man 1: Sanjay Kripalani
Hindi adaptation of The Arrangement
Singer: Gayatri Desai
Narrator/Drunk Man: Sanjay Kripalani
Abdul: Suraj Songire
Nawab: Shailendra Khurana
Girl: Debjani Banerjee
Hindi adaptation of Misery
Narrator/Constable: Anil Joseph
Bhimpalas Mahato: Shailendra Khurana
Ghodi: Debjani Banerjee
Sarkari Babu/Drunk Man 1: Sanjay Kripalani
Drunk Man 2: Suraj Songire
Rosie: Jyoti Presswala
English adaptation of An Enigmatic Nature
Narrator: Shailendra Khurana
Shakuntala: Debjani Banerjee
Girish: Suraj Songire
Manoj Banerjee: Sanjay Kripalani
Production Manager/Slideshow: Sanjay Kripalani Stage Manager/Lights/Sound: Barkha Kishnani
Props & Set: Sri Alathur, Ronak Kumar Costumes: Poonam Tawney, Simran Chugani
Publicity: Debjani Banerjee, Gayatri Desai Flyers: Debjani Banerjee, Komal Mehra
Supertitles (created by): Aditya Datey Supertitles (run by): Dhritiman Banerjee
Choreography: Puja Daga Music: Vikram Kumar, Aditya Datey