Short+Sweet Theatre Chennai 2014
S+S 2014 Weekly Dates:
5th July 2014 – Wild Cards I - 2pm & 7pm
6th July 2014 – Wild Cards II - 2pm & 7pm
10th – 13th July 2014 – Top Ten Week One - 7pm
17th – 20th July 2014 – Top Ten Week Two - 7pm
23rd – 26th July 2014 – Top Ten Week Three - 7pm
27th July 2014 – Gala Final - 2pm & 7pm
5th & 6th April 2014 – Script Writing Workshop
by Gnani Sankaran
April 2014 – Crash Test Drama
10th & 11th May 2014 – Voice & Movement Workshop
by V. Balakrishnan
17th and 18th May 2014 – Acting & Stage Craft Workshop
by Vinod Anand
15th May 2014 – Last date for submitting scripts
15th May 2014 – Last date to register as a director / ITC
01st June 2014 – Last date to register as an actor
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Wild cards I - 5th July 2014 - 2pm & 7pm
1. Mama's Straight Drive
Directed by: Abhishek Karthick
Written by: Rahul Sridhar
Cast: Venkatakrishnan Kaushik (Rajath), Rahul Sridhar (Mani)
Synopsis: A completely fictional piece on how the problems of match fixing in sports & homosexuality collide in a parallel yet ALMOST real universe called Chennai.
Directed by: Sreejith Palliyil
Written by: Amogh Jalihal
Cast: Sreenath palliyil , Ranjith Kakkayur
Synopsis: A dialogue between an executioner and the criminal sentenced to death where motives are questioned, and the concept of free will blurs the line between the good and the bad, of justice and crime.
3. An Oldman's Game
Directed by: Yukendran kamaraj
Written by: Sriram Gokul C
Cast: Nikhil (Rick - ex wife's husband), Ajit Chitturi(An oldman), Depali Gupta (Young lady thief),Vidya Viswanath (Ex Wife of Oldman)
Synopsis: An old man plays a psychological game over a young lady who had visited his home to actually rob a costly watch.
Directed by: Katharanga Janardhan Chikkanna
Written by: Mallikarjun Devarmane
Cast: Mallikarjun Devaramane (Abhyantha)
Synopsis: Abhyanatha, a strange man leads a lonely life in his own world. But, there is one obession , one passion he lives by...silence! Silence leads a lonely life in his life...the girl of his dreams! But his love for silence pushes him to do an unimaginable deed. Hear it all from the man, who never wanted to talk...Hear it from the man of silence, Abhyantha...
5. Deniable Plausibility
Directed by: Anand Ravichandran
Written by: Toast D'Bechamel
Cast: Vigeneshwaran (Jake), Shweta Gupta (Sarah), Arun Athmalingam (Agent Park)
Synopsis: A woman working for a secret organisation must persuade a cyber-security analyst to join her agency... or die trying.
6.The Ideal Image
Written & Directed by: Sukanya Umesh
Cast: Bhagirathy S (Woman), Ashwin Ravichandran (Chorus Member 1), Siddhanth Mohan(Chorus Member 2), Pranathi Ram (Chorus Member 3), Shreya Jalan(Chorus Member 4), Akshay Venkatraman (Chorus), Abhishek Thomas (Musician)
Synopsis: The play is satrie on Indian society's obsession with fair skinned, straight haired women, It looks at society as a circus.
Directed by: Ranjith Kakkayur
Written by: Robert Armstrong
Cast: Sreejith Palliyil, Sreenath palliyil, Athulya Madhu, Sreejith Kunnath
Synopsis: Can an association between man and monster ever really last?
8. 1, 2, 3 - Ready, Set, Go
Written & Directed by: Divya Mangwani
Cast: Harshitha Krishnan (Oona), Archana Kariappa (Tina), Shweta Gupta (Trina)
Synopsis: Journey of three very different women looking for lasting love through a marriage bureau
9. Va Van Gogh
Writen & Directed by: Bhargav Prasad
Cast: Kiran Naig (Van Gogh), Nishanti Sudhakar (Van Go)
Synopsis: Tomatoes , Potatoes. Are they all the same?
Wild Cards II - 6th July 2014 - 2pm & 7pm
1. The door
Written & Directed by: Jagadish Kanna
ITC: Quid Pro Quo Productions
Cast: Bhargav Ramakrishnan (Scientist), Bala Kumaran (Newsreader), Krish Hariharan (Police), Mallika Arjun (Thief), Mridula Chetlur (Pizza Delivery Girl), Nafeez(Interpol Officers), Abeneth(Interpol Officers), Shravan(Interpol Officers)
Synopsis: A thief changes into a scientist on entering a magic door. How he utilises to steal more things from the city forms the crux of the story.
2. Yesterday to Tomorrow
Written & Directed by: Shravan Sampath Kumar
Cast: Nikhil Venkatesa (Abe), Sundeep Joseph (George), Archana Kariappa (Joan), Srikanth Pingali (Phil), Kanchi Thangadurai (Girl)
Synopsis: As Abe suffers the loss of his wife, his 3 new - found friends from the old age home where he has settled help him move on in life.
3 .Where are you, Appa?
Written & Directed by: Prashanth Selvarasu
Cast: Gautham Krishnan
Synopsis: A boy talking about a dad that he never had.
4. Haira Pochu
Directed by: Shyam Sundar
Written by: Karthikeyan Chandramohan
Cast: Sasi Kumar (Barber), Naveen George Thomas (Chief Minister), Karthikeyan (Secretary)
Synopsis: A close encounter becomes a close shave for a man of power.
5. Ponnu kadhai
Directed by: Vaishnavi. S
Written by: Varsha Venugopal
Cast: Ritu Philip (The girl), Abhishek Dutta (The boy)
Synopsis: Love. Unsaid…
6. Hello Kitty
Directed by: Shevaun Da Costa
Written by: Vibha Batra
Cast: Krishna Arcot(Woman 1) , Shivani Gupta (Woman 2), Namita Krishnamurthy (Woman3), Stephanie Howie (Woman 4)
Synopsis: Four gorgeous ladies-who-lunch. One scandalous memoir. All hell breaks loose when a socialite decides to wash her dirty linen in public. Her tell-all book wreaks havoc in the lives of fellow kitty members.
7. Black Coffee
Directed by: Karthik Anantharaman
Written by: Deanna Ableser
Cast: Kalesh Ramanand (Matt), Archana Menon (Alice)
Synopsis: A man and a woman toy around with the idea of a simple kiss at a coffee shop.
8. To B.E or not to B.E
Written & Directed by: Shyam Renganathan
Cast: Siddhanth Mohandas, Roshan mark
Synopsis: A conversation between two stoners on the point of an Engineering education.
Directed by: Mejel
Written by: John Pradeep
Cast: Kalieaswari Srinivasan
Synopsis: The Kannagi statue in Marina comes alive and talks its experiences as a statue and as Kannagi herself
Top Ten Week One - 10th to 13th July 2014 - 7pm
1. The Zombie Apocalypse
Directed by: Sathish Shanmugam
Written by: Michael Towers
Cast: Rahul Sridhar (Scientist), Meenu Srinivasan (Assistant), Karthik Hariharan (Professor Isenberg), Prasanth Selvarasu (Jackson), Shivani Gupta (Jillian), Namitha Krishnamurthy (Tracey), Gautham Krishnan (Buisness man), Aditi Balan (Alien #1), Akshay Venkatraman (Alien #2)
Synopsis: A comedy about a scientist who travels forward in time from 2004 to 2014, only to discover that humans in the future have become zombie-like slaves to their mobile devices.
2. It's ok to ask
Directed by: Lakshmi Ganapathy Murugesan
Written by: Carol Dance
Cast: Kasturi Goswami (A woman in a wheel Chair)
Synopsis: A beautiful wheelchair-bound woman implores people not to be afraid of asking her what happened!
3. Riashi Nair's Untitled Production
Directed by: Anand Ram
ITC: Zipper Down Productions
Written by: Suhit Kumar
Cast: Suraj Raja (Rishi Nayar), Shyam Sundar (Tusar), Rohan Iyer(Vijay), Akshya Ravi (Aditi)
Synopsis: Running a marathon must be easier than penning a Play . Is it ? Experience it !!
4. Mr Politician
Directed by: Nithya Ramachandran
Written by: Shakthi Ramani
Cast: Juhi Sharma (Naima), Sruti Hari (Radha)
Synopsis: Two women. Different motives. One politician. A moment in history.
5. Take Two
Directed by: Charan Saravana
Written by: Chris Shaw Swanson
Cast: Smrithi Parameswar (Amy), Srikanth Pingali (Jeff)
Synopsis: A couple discovers that reconciliation can be tricky- especially when a prenup is involved.
6. The Thing
Directed by: Ja.VenkataSubramanian
Written by: Sujatha Rangarajan & Anand Raghav
Cast: Anand Ram (Husband), Archana (Wife), Hemanth (Beggar), Vinay Rao (Swamiji)
Synopsis: The differences between the rich and poor, the believers and the nonbelievers, the right and wrong, disintegrate as planet Earth faces extinction".
7. Tech-no-logic Progress
Directed by: Adarsh Satish
ITC: Park-Street Theatre
Written by: Deepak Hariharan
Cast: Deepak Hariharan (Techie), Sunaina Mudaliar (Woman)
Synopsis: The title says it all!
8. Heavenly Baddie
Written & Directed by: Vivek Rajagopal
ITC: Chennai Drama House
Cast: Vikram Mankal (Politician), Smrithi Parameswar (Evaluator), Karthik Bhatt (Man in queue)
Synopsis: No sin will go unpunished. Unless…
9.New years eve
Directed by: Kasturi Goswami
Written by: David MacGregor
Cast: Lakshmi Ganapathy Murugesan(Mr.Hollins), Nithya Ramachandran (Ms.Laura)
Synopsis: It's a New Year's Eve at the Parkview Retirement Home. The residents have gathered to bring in the New Year at noon, which leaves one of the residents less than pleased.
10. A Typist with destiny
Written & Directed by: Rajiv Rajaram
Cast: Naveen Thomas, Bhargav Ramakrishnan, Venkatesh Harinathan, Karthikeyan
Synopsis: Two bumbling clerks are in the process of gravely re-writing history. Or is it so?
Top Ten Week Two - 17th to 20th July 2014 - 7pm
Directed by: Nikhil Sriram
Written by: Naren Weiss
Cast: Venkatesh Harinathan (Manickam), Pooja Balu
Synopsis: Manickam, Marriage, Madras.
Written & Directed by: Kalieaswari Srinivasan
ITC: The Drama Troupe
Cast: Brihadish Kaushik (Man in Power), Nelson Matthew (Common Man)
Synopsis: A common man. A government official. A public space. A casual act of forgetting. An ordinary errand. A tiny bit of paper and a bit of drama.
Written & Directed by: Smrithi Amarendran
ITC: Caricatture Productions
Cast: Abishek George Joseph (Anjan), Namitha Vivek (Hazel), Candice Rozario (Asha), Preetham Mangal (Random Guy), Krishna Arcot (Waitress)
Synopsis: If something bad happens, you drink to forget; if something good happens, you drink to celebrate and if nothing happens, you drink to make something happen. An alcohol induced triangle that meanders through failures and realizations.
4. Kichadi Life
Written & Directed by: Nagarajan Lingam
Cast: Prema Venkat (Woman 1), Shylaja Chetlur (Woman 2), Shalini Vijayakumar (Woman 3), Prathiveeraj (Man 1), Sunil Santanam(Man 2)
Synopsis: A visit from a childhood friend rekindles the memories of past. They have moved apart due to the time lapse. A personal space connects them despite time. As she sets out to explore that space, TIME warps!!
5. Saathur Santhipu
Written & Directed by: Vinodhini Vaidynathan
Cast: Guru Somasundaram (Chandru), Amjath Khan(Shankar), Sanjit Krishnamoorthy (Dead body), Suresh Kumar (TTE), S.Dinakaran (porter), L.Vinod (Man in the station)
Synopsis: Shankar and Chandru travelling on a train encounter a strange co-passenger. Who is he and what is his business with them? Find out at Saathur Santhippu.
6. The Inner Fire
Directed by: Amrithavarshini Venkatesh
Written by: Dushyanth Gunashekar
Cast: Prasanna Venkatesh Rengarajan
Synopsis: There is a story behind every cup of tea
7. Eternally Yours
Directed by: Meghna Mudaliar
ITC: a.g.n.i Theatre!
Written by: Sunaina Mudaliar
Cast: Deepak Hariharan (Prince), Sunaina Mudaliar (Lady)
Synopsis: Tragic endings leave a lot unsaid.
8. The Man Who Was Music
Directed by: Ajit Chitturi
Written by: Aishwarya Jha-Mathur
Cast: Rajeev (Adam), Krishna (Nathaniel), Prakash (Saliero and father), Deepali (Sara and mother)
Synopsis: Adam is an accomplished world-renowned violinist. On the day of his performance, for the last time, he recounts his tale of the person who shaped his life and career.
9. Waiting for him
Directed by: Janardhanan Raghavan
Written by: Balajee GE
Cast: Sainath Saikrishnan (Man), Priyanka Sohoni (Woman), Krish Hariharan (God 1), Krithika Ganesan (God 2)
Synopsis: A funny tale on the chauvinistic male dominant society. A girl and a boy are dead and are waiting to meet God.
10. Death of Drona
Directed by: Meera Sitaraman
ITC: Theatre Nisha
Written by: Janani Narasimhan
Cast: Balakrishnan Venkataraman (Drona), Meenakshi Viswanathan (Sitarist)
Synopsis: The play is a non-verbal piece, which depicts the anguish of Drona, the Kaurava General, on hearing that his only son, Ashwatthama, has been killed in battle by Bheema.
Top Ten Week Three - 23rd to 26th July 2014 - 7pm
1. Blabber Mouth
Directed by: Vinod Anand
ITC: Tiny Men
Written by: Cerise de Gelder
Cast: Amit Singh (Gary), Uthara Krishnan (Lisa), Siddharth S.P(Patrick)
Synopsis: Love. Lies. Lives. Lust. Deceit. Betrayal. Murder. Often… A word can be enough… Otherwise you could be labelled a BLABBER MOUTH.
2. Late for School
Directed by: Vasudev Menon
Written by: Iain Moss
Cast: Vaishnavi Sundararajan (lynn)
Synopsis: A young teacher is under intense interrogation for a horrible crime she had no idea she committed. She was only late for school.
3. Maya and Lakshmi
Directed by: Janani Narasimhan
Written by: V. Balakrishnan
Cast: Meera Sitaraman (Lakshmi), Shakti Ramani (Maya) , Nithya Ramakrishnan (Lamp)
Synopsis: A maid and a maiden's conversation can turn tables around.
4. How to Drink a Coffee
Directed by: John Pradeep
Written by: Balakumaran Murugesan
Cast: Subiksha Raman (Girl), Bhargav Ramakrishnan (Narrator), Aswin Rao (Guy)
Synopsis: A guide on deciphering the intricacies coffee moments and relationships.
Directed by: Mathivanan Rajendran
ITC: Stray Factory
Written by: Mathivanan Rajendran and Pooja Devariya
Cast: Krishna Ganapathy (Murugesan), Pooja Devariya (Sarawathy)
Synopsis: Camphor Smell Donkey how know?
6. Shofu Slaves
Directed by: Shakthi Ramani
Written by: Meera Sitaraman
Cast: V.Balakrishnan (Man), Sruti Hari (Woman)
Synopsis: Where does comfort lie in a war?
7. Dogs and Cats Living Together
Directed by: Sushant Alexander
Written by: Lynn-Steven Johanson
Cast: Sundeep Joseph (Lucky, a male dog), Uthara Krishnan (Miss Kitty, a female cat)
Synopsis: A dog and a cat's discordant personalities test their abilities to maintain detente.
8. To write my epitaph
Directed by: Vaishnavi Sundararajan
Written by: Robert Armstrong
Cast: Vasudev Menon (Edgar Allan)
Synopsis: Edgar Allan - a writer, who speaks in verse. Uncanny, unabashed, unhappy and terse. Is he just a facsimile of Poe’s ingenuity?
Directed by: Yannick Lawry
Written by: Pete Mallicki
Cast: Katie Leiss (Corrine)
Synopsis: Corinne works for a large supermarket chain. You might think she hates her job, but she's done far worse. This supermarket is the top of the bottom. But she's nothing but a robot being phased out by other robots.