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Thursday, January 24, 2019 to Saturday, March 9, 2019
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The Junction
Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2019

The seventh annual Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival  will run for six sensational weeks at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz from January 24th to March 9th, 2019

The full schedule for the Festival will be announced soon but in the meantime here's your chance to register for the UAE's number one theatre event.

To register as an ACTOR click HERE

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To register as an INDEPENDENT THEATRE COMPANY (ITC) click HERE

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DEADLINES:

SCRIPT ENTRY - 5pm, Sunday September 30

ITC and DIRECTOR REGISTRATION - 5pm, Monday October 15

ACTOR REGISTRATION - 5pm, Monday October 22

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Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for our upcoming Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Dubai, to be hosted at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

 

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Welcome to Short+Sweet - a more creative world ten minutes at a time! Please register here for our upcoming Short+Sweet Theatre Festival in Dubai, to be hosted at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz.

 

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WEEK 1 TOP 50 (25TH & 26TH JANUARY 7:30 PM)

  1.  


    PLAYS IN RUNNING ORDER


    1. MARRIAGE AND MONSTERS


    This play is a perfect explanation for, "what happens inside a superhero's home is a mystery to civilians!" When in fact it is quite normal. Superheroes, Steve and Karen are working hard at saving their marriage while literally saving the world, perhaps even the galaxy!


    Writer: Jamie Hughes (UK)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Gweys Soriano


    Cast: Dee Gee and Gweys Soriano


    2. ROUGH DEFINITION OF TRUTH


    A Simple conversation between two people leads to revelation of secrets that neither of them expected.


    Writer: Dian Neligan (Australia)


    ITC: The Drama Galleries 


    Director: Kunal Bhatia 


    Cast: Lionel Mendonsa (Blake), Vaishali Balgu (Alexa)


    3. PSYCHIC’S PREDICTION


    They say death is unpredictable, Alex's psychic thinks otherwise.


    Writer: Shifa Ahsan  (Pakistan)

    ITC: Heriot Watt Drama Club

    Director: Shifa Ahsan

    Cast: TBD

     


    4. MEMORY CARD


    Cora and Carol, best friends suffering from dementia, are in an experimental memory care facility. Their memories come and go with downloads and deletions, but their friendship remains stalwart until a certain secret is revealed.


    Writer : Connie Schindewolf (USA)


    Director : Richa Anand Nigam


    Cast : SaiLaxmi PS (Cora), Richa Anand Nigam (CarolL), Anjan Lahiri (Announcer)


    5. THE ROLE OF DELLA


    An eager young actress has her eye set on the role of Della, but can she convince a cold, sarcastic director that she's right for the part? A riveting and riotous look at the contemporary audition process, giving new meaning to the term "stealing a scene."


    Writer: John Wooten (USA)


    ITC: American School of Dubai


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Shirley Thomson, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Noor Chang (Elizabeth), Christina Azzi (Emma), TBD (Woman)


    6. ANGELINA JOLIE IS STALKING ME


    Angelina Jolie decides that it is time for some payback from her stalkers, and her target is an infertile couple. Will her presence help ignite their intimate life?


    Writer: Stephanie Alison Walker (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC ensemble


    Cast: Aaqeel Shariff (Colin), Apoorva Mehra (Malia), Nathalie Wehbe (Angelina Jolie)


    7. CINDELLALA


    “A new pair of shoes can change a girl’s life”, keeping the famous maxim of Cinderella’s story in mind; a middle class woman is out in the black market of Dubai to find a branded pair of shoes at a low price accompanied by a desperate shopkeeper in her journey.


    Writer:  Asad Raza Khan, Shafaq Zehra (Pakistan)


    ITC: Tall Tales productions


    Director:   Asad Raza Khan & Shafaq Zehra


    Cast: Neha Ajmal (cindellala), Saif khan (Shopkeeper) Sana Rizvi, Adnan Inayat and Areeba Khan (Singers, extras)


    8. CHECKMATE


    A harmless addiction or a passionate obsession? Penny likes to double check things!


    Writer: Cerise De Gelder (Australia)


    Director: Aradhita Basu


    Cast: Aradhita Basu (Penny)


    9. KINGDOM OF THE SPIDER


    How far would you go to protect your children from the bad and from the good?


    Writer: Nick Zagone (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC ensemble


    Cast: Jeet Singh (Bob), Silvia Valentino (Black Widow), Ghada Al Khoury (Bible Girl)


    10. THE ABYSS


    Joseph, an airline pilot, is the lone survivor of a crash. After scraping by for 10 days, his co-pilot & friend (Gabriel) finally appears. But the Joseph Gabriel meets may not be the same Joseph he knew before the crash.


    Writer: Akhil Kumar (INDIA)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Sid Abbas


    Cast: Sid Abbas (Joseph), Ziyad Bangara (Gabriel)


WEEK 1 WILDCARDS (26TH JANUARY 3:30 PM)

  1. PLAYS IN RUNING ORDER


    1. THE PERKS OF BEING NICE!


    Mr. Nice has been accused of, as his name suggests, being too nice. Two inspectors interrogate him and try to assimilate him into a society; where citizens are called ’Jerkfaces’. Do they succeed or does Mr. Nice prevail?


    Writers: Daksh Tripathi, Siddhaarth Chakravarthy and Neeraj Nagarajan (India)


    Director: Daksh Tripathi


    ITC: Modern School Dubai


    Cast:  Daksh Tripathi (Nice), Stuti Sawhney (Terry), Siddhaarth Chakravarthy (Jerry),  Neeraj Nagarajan (Hon'ble Jerk), Insia (Hon'ble Jerk)


    2. THE TRAGEDY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS


    Pride took over intelligence, which brought Dr. Faustus to his knees however in vain. He thought, trading his soul and having his will came easy but in the end he lost both his pride and life.


    Writer: Christopher Marlowe (UK)


    ITC:  GEMS New Millenium School


    Directors: Divya Joyce and Stella Laus


    Cast: Abbas (Dr Faustus), Gautam (Mephistophiles), Dane (Good Angel), Ranya (Lucifer), Sunhari (Bad Angel), Meera (Narrator)


    3. PASSIVE SMOKERS


    The story revolves around the plight of women  working in beedi making (cigar rolling) factories and farms and their families.


    Writer: Supriya and Milind Vinod ( India)


    ITC: Sutradhar


    Directors: Supriya and Milind 


    Cast: Dr.Pallavi Baratake(Elderly Women), Pravin Attardey ( Contractor) ,Nitesh Ghodake( Bride groom), Sadia Pathan(Bride)


    4. WORK!


    Two men fight for an upcoming promotion, only to begin to wonder how much they're willing to give up to climb the corporate ladder.


    Writer:  Mohamed Abid (Canada)


    Director: Mohamed Abid


    Cast: Ferris Elaraby (Johnny), Danyal Imraan Saleem (Boss), Mohamed Abid (Rob), Julia Bayoumi (Wife/Mother)


    5. SPRITIUAL FRAUD


    The story of a victim of racism and discrimination in his home land and imprisoned on an Island for life because he rejected the system, And now the life he is facing is an example of what happens when a men choose to stay rather than exile.


    Writer: Xolisile W. Dolo (SA)


    ITC: Mzansi Abroad


    Director: Xolisile W. Dolo


    Cast: Actor 1 (Xolisile W. Dolo)


    6. PICK ME


    A Dubaicentric job-hunting comedy.


    Writer: Doug Mackay (UK)


    Director: Sahajpal Oberoi


    Cast: Pratik Bhatia (Neil Finlay), Bretta Bangera (Alexa Barantes), Nikhil Mittal (MM), Ryan D'Sa (Senior Manager), Shaina D'Souza (Mariam Harfoosh), Sonali Aswani (Poorvi Sen), Neilav SN (Anand Thomas), Sahajpal Oberoi (David Scales), Doug Mackay (Online CV template)


    7. BLUE BENCH


    An young boy sneaks backstage at dodgy travelling circus. He instead finds himself confronted by a haunting grotesque figure that will change his life forever, and learns the secrets of the BLUE BENCH.


    Writer: Aleks Merilo (USA)


    ITC: The Drama Galleries


    Director: Asad Siddique


    Cast: Aadi Patel (Youth), Benjamin Samuel (Faceless Man), Syed Shah Quadri (Ringmaster)


    8.  SOMETHING HAPPENED


    You can run as far as you like, but the past still catches up. When Anthea's busy schedule is interrupted by a shocking incident she is forced to stop running and face the truth - as hard as that may be.


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia)


    Director: Caroline Hamren


    Cast: Caroline Hamren


    9. TIMESAVERS


    He was her first customer, and time was their only transaction. A give and take that no 'time' saw coming. 


    Writer:  Barry Wood (UK)


    ITC: MacGyvers & Co


    Directors: Saloni Mehta and Aashna Khemani


    Cast: Aditi Nath, Saloni Mehta


WEEK 2 TOP 50 (1ST & 2ND FEBRUARY 7:30 PM)

  1.  


    1. EXPIRY DATE


    Jim is getting dressed for his wedding. He is suddenly greeted by an uninvited guest who wants him to change his mind. Would he take his advice or would he go through with the wedding?


    Writer: Madhurima Ray (India)


    ITC: Drama Galleries


    Director: Sarfaraz Ahmed


    Cast:  Sikendar Hemani (Jim), Ahmad (Future Jim), Garima Himthani (Clara)


     


     


    2. THE 6-DAY JOB


    In the privacy of his therapist's office, the patient suffers an existential crisis stemming from his most renowned work. 


    Writer: Dan O'Day (USA)


    ITC: Thinking Couch Productions


    Director: Ryan D’sa


    Cast: Nikhil Mittal (The Therapist), Ryan D’sa (The Patient)


     


    3. ORPHEUS


    Through an unfortunate turn of events, the fates of street-smart Quinn and idealistic farm-boy Silvio became inextricably linked. Will they be able to bridge their differences and overcome the enormous obstacles that life has presented them?


    Writer: Arzoo Malhotra (USA)


    Director: Arzoo Malhotra


    Cast: Farzana Palathingal (Quinn), Hamza Merchant (Silvio), Rami Boraie (Bus Ticket Teller), Vikas Rajput (Station Attendant)


     


    4. 15 SECONDS


    Things take an interesting and fun turn when two people make eye contact for the first time. 


    Writer: Ken Levine (USA)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Monica Chatterjee


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Laura), Piyush Harwani (Josh) 


     


    5. MUM HAD SAID


    The sound, smell & scene; all are familiar. The cries of help too. World's getting louder, sadder & dirtier. Terror is in our face. Everyone's running, screaming. But, does there lay an escape? Tomorrow, it could be us in her shoes.


    Writer: Purva Grover (India)


    Director: Kripa Kotriwala


    Cast: Kripa Kotriwala (Child), Rashmi Kotriwala, (Mother )


     


    6. MORE THAN A HEADSTONE


    What would do when you lose someone? Each one has his way of coping. But some will take it too far


    Writer: Julie Johnston (Canada)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC ensemble


    Cast: Marija Gregoric (Tess), Jeet Dhindsa (Jim), Sadiya Kazmi (Penny), Dina el Sehrawi (Rose)


     


    7. THE PANEL


    An idealist, a cynic, an opportunist and a poet discuss women's issues on a talk show. What could possibly go wrong?


    Writer: Najwa Yassir (Canada/Palestine)


    Director: Najwa Yassir


    Cast: Ashleigh Adonis (Cherry), Nourah Almaiman (Hala), Khalid Bilal (Kareem K), Assyl Yacine (Abes), Hani Yakan (Sameer).


     


    8. PRECIPICE


    Two colleagues hang out on the edge of a ledge. Apart from finding out they might be in love with each other, what else do they let slip?


    Writer: Alex Dremman (AUSTRALIA)


    ITC: South Parade 


    Director: Meghana Mundkur


    Cast: Alina Islam (Sameera), Pranav Nasta (Arjun)


     


    9. INDULGE ME


    An angry, edgy teen having a bad day. A grumpy old cynical janitor whose perpetually rude and sarcastic. Both of them are free to leave the conversation at any point. Yet something holds them back.


    Writer: Sid Abbas (UAE)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Roli Agrawal


    Cast: Sid Abbas (Tony Brown), Soumya Mehta (Michelle Miller)


     


    10. SAD AND GLAD


    Jimmy loses his girl, but gains another


     


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)


    ITC: American School of Dubai


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Shirley Thomson, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Jared Barney (Jimmy), Mayssa Mansour (Sandrine), Joelle Chalfoun (Villian)


WEEK 2 WILDCARDS (2ND FEBRUARY 3:30 PM)

  1. 1. THE MYSTICAL SELENA


    A classic tale of a magicians rivalry, who will lose?


    Writer: Amit Dhawan (India)

    ITC: Heriot Watt Drama Club

    Director: Amit Dhawan

    Cast: Shifa Ahsan (Selena), Amit Dhawan (Derek), Anchala Prem (Angelica), Pavani (Bartender) 


     


    2. I LIKE CHOCOLATE... IS THAT SO BAD?


    A group of addicts attending rehab to help tame their addiction and talk about their experiences in group therapy, "Chocoholics Anonymous". 


    Writer: Katie Lee (Australia)


    ITC: Drama Galleries


    Director: S. Aisha Atif


    Cast: Prateek Suresh Devadiga (Josh), Ramzunsiha Andiyur (Leah), Syed Imad Quadri (Kevin), Niharika Chintakayal (Demi).


     


    3. WHAT’S A LITTLE AXE BETWEEN FRIENDS


    Just because your job is to execute someone it doesn't mean you can't be friends


    Writer: Joe Starzyk (USA)


    Director: Anna Yahn


    Cast: Karan Sharma (Executioner) Majed AlZubaidi (Prisoner)


     


    4. MATING


    Love and Mating? There's no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that's that.


    Writer:  Edith Weiss (USA)


    Director: Saif Khan


    Cast: Medhat Mustafa, Carine Bouery


     


    5. INVISIBLE THREADS


    Connections between people can run deep and it is so profound the extent we would go to for someone we love. We only truly appreciate this when all distractions of life are removed. 


    Writer:  Zainab Mashoor    (Sri-Lanka)


    Director: Zainab Mashoor & Dilumi Dissanayake


    Cast: Advait Kulkarni(Temba), Aadi Patel (Zamu), Iman Ameerzeb (Sage) 


     


    6. TO JUMP FROM A BURNING BUILDING


    Sally is in a coma after being hit by a car. She has watched her life disintegrate over the past year and no longer wants to live.


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)


    Director: Jithin George


    Cast: Abhay Singh Chawan ( Kyle), Aradhita Basu (Sally's Conciousness), Emily Thomas (Leila), Hina Khan ( Comatose body) Xec Mohsin (Nurse)


     


    7.  SOUVENIR


    An interrogation, where the leading question is not who the criminal is, but what is the crime that has been committed.


    Writer: Siddharth Bala Kumar (India)


    ITC: University of Wollongong in Dubai


    Director: Siddharth Bala Kumar


    Cast: Jainney Thakker (Marge), Karan Mehta (Nate), Arya Anil (Clarice D’Souza), Siddarth Shankar (Leonard)


     


    8.  KILLING ME SOFTY


    When a normal day at restaurant brings out hostile memories from the past, how far would you go to delight them. It's pay back time. Revenge is a dish best served COLD


    Director: Tabassum Inamdar Writer : Tabassum Inamdar (Indian)


    Cast: Sandeep George (Customer), Sonal Bhatnagar (Waitress), Tabassum Inamdar (Cook)


     


    9. THERE’S ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE


    What do we mean by the term psychopath? We have probably all met psychopaths and perhaps still know some today. But can we identify them, and is it even possible that they recognise themselves in that way? We doubt it.


    Writer: Chris McDermott (UK)


    Director: Greg Lunn


    Cast: Chris McDermott (George), Greg Lunn (Eric/George’s father/Reporter/Judge)


     


WEEK 3 TOP 50 (8TH & 9TH FEBRUARY 7:30 PM) - NON ENGLISH PLAYS

  1. 1. ESCURIAL 


    The story is about the extremely difficult relationship between the king and the jester. As the dying queen is agonizing, the two men, ignoring their ranks, face the crisis of their friendship. All this under the burden of the mourning.


    Writer: Michel De Ghelderode (Belgium)


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Fady Zaky


    Cast:  Fady Zaky (The King), Mody (The Jester Folial), Samar (News Presenter/Ring Girl)


     


    2. CHENDAMELAM


    When the village of Perungotukkara decides to bring back a festival that had been on hold for a few years, a conflict arises as a female elephant is used as the festival mascot. Tensions flare, accusations are made and sides are taken.  


    Writer:  Johny Johnson & Subin Samuel (India)


    Language: Malayalam


    Director: Subin Samuel


    Cast: Rahul Johnson (Ramesh), Jovin George (Toby), Krishna Shankar (Chairman), Nithin Antony (President), Rashmi Nair (Jalaja), Roby Oommen (Velichapadu), Preveen Kumar (Businessman), Kavya Shine (Event Management Crew), 


     


    3. A KITE


    An artist searching for answers in a competition knowing that crimes will be against the game. He searches for his freedom and decides to meet the audience before the competition starts asking "to act is to live? And to live is to act?"


    Writer: Jihad Al Andary (Lebanon)


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Jihad Al Andary


    Cast: Jihad Al Andary


     


    4. URDU KI YAAD MEIN


    "When Counselor  Sahib struggles to write his first speech the lady “Urdu” tries teaching him grammar through various characters. What ensues is a funny yet poignant story of how the beautiful language is being underutilized and ruined in the present times."


     


    Writer:  Shafaq Zehra & M. Ali (Pakistan)


    Language: Urdu


    ITC: Szabist University


    Director: Shafaq Zehra & M.Ali


    Cast: Sania Saleem (urdu) Usama Zafar (Counselor sahib) Adnan Anayat (jama)Hanifa Arif (Wahid) Masood Gohar (Muzakar) Neha Ajmal and Faraz Hashim. (Ilfaz mutazad) Shafaq Zehra (Narrator)


     


    5. TOBA TEK SINGH


    A few years after the 1947 Indian partition, inmates of the mental asylums are to be exchanged as per the intellectuals of the society. There is confusion, laughter, tears and quest for a place called home. A satire by Manto.  


    Writer: Saadat Hasan Manto (Pakistani)


    Language: Urdu


    ITC: Dawn Theatre Productions 


    Director: Huda Bhaldar 


    Cast: Tabassum Inamdar (Narrator), Syed Siddique (Narrator), Benjamin Samuel (Bhishan Singh), Saif Khan, Rahul Taneja, Pratik Bhatia, Lavina Dudani, Mandeep Walia, Naveen Goveas, Mohsin Sheikh, Azaz Malik.


     


    6. MAIN BHI


    The story of a middle class family trying to survive, during difficult and hostile economical environment, all around. An alternate  viewpoint on a recently focused social issue, under the effects of harsh realities of life.


    Writer: Dr. Shailesh Upadhyay (India)


    Language: Hindi


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Dr. Shailesh Upadhyay


    Cast: Bhagyashree Chandan (Vani), Nidhi Rawal (Shanta Bai), Baby Aneri Rawal (Vacha), Vikram Sharma (Abbas), Pathik Dalal (Tej Pratap), Dinesh Balani (Tough Guy 1), Dushyant Barot (Tough Guy 2), Nilesh Patel (Tough Guy 3)


     


    7. VIRTUAL REALITY


    A story of every household, an old couple staying alone while their son stays abroad. The father attempts to create a VIRTUAL situation to console his wife. What awaits when REALITY clashes?


    Writer: Pradipto Dutta (India)


    Language: Bengali


    Director: Pradipto Dutta & Shilpi Dutta


    Cast:  Anindya Chattopadhyay (Parimal), Koyeli Banerjee (Purnima),  Pushan Sengupta (Asim), Lalpi Ghosh (Parul)


     


    8. KALEIDOSCOPE


    There are triggers for nostalgia. Anything that makes you travel back in a time machine. A mid aged woman stumbles upon one such thing. Like many different shapes through kaleidoscope her past unwinds taking us along down memory lane.


    Writer: Prakash Kelkar (India)


    Language: Marathi


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande


    Cast: Mugdha Dhomkar 


     


    9. TRIDHA


    A manager of a very successful band is in love with three women of his band - lyricists, composer and the Singer. Unable to decide who is the most creative of the lot he seeks guidance from a spiritual guru. Will he get his answers?


    Writer:  Supriya and Milind Vinod (India)


    Language: Marathi/Hindi/Urdu


    Director: Supriya and Milind Vinod


    Cast: Dr. Pallavi Baratakke(Varsha) Dr. Ketaki Wagh(Ketaki) Mallika Kilpady (Mallika), Shivraj Wagh (Meth),Pravin Atterday (Guru)


     


    10. AAKHRI SAWARI


    A perfect husband and father, tormented by a mysterious parcel he receives from an anonymous sender has to make a life-changing decision. He shares his problems with his cab driver who listens patiently and tries to help. What the cab driver offers changes both of their lives forever. 


     


    Writer: Divyajoth Singh (India)


    Language: Hindi


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Prakash Soni


    Cast:  Prakash Soni (Passenger), Sunil Jasuja (Taxi Driver)


     


     


WEEK 3 WILDCARDS (9TH FEBRUARY 3:30 PM) - MIXED LANGUAGES PLAYS

  1. 1. BHEDIA


    Mr. H has taken shelter in a magical tree that provides everything he desires he is however tired and bored and wants to go down. However under the tree is a dangerous wolf who is waiting down to eat him and he does not have the required courage to kill the wolf.  


    Writer: Farooq Sarwar (Pakistan)


    Adapted by Prakash Soni


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Sunil Jasuja


    Cast: Rahul Taneja


     


    2. VIGILANTE


    A mother has taken it upon herself to be the vigilante and she has good reasons for the same!


    Writer: Paula Armstrong (Australia)


    Language: English


    Director: Huda Farid


    Cast: Huda Farid


     


    3. KEEPING ANNABELLE


    A woman has been kidnapped and held captive in a dark basement. Only something has gone terribly wrong and her kidnapper is dangerously upset. A gripping dialogue between a kidnapper and a victim


    Writer: Rachel Welsh (UK)


    Language: English


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: H72 Ensemble


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Victim), Somiya Mehta (Kidnapper)


     


    4. AZADI


    Imagine being born in paradise and losing your complete identity one day with nowhere to go. A tale of constant state of fear of human-mind living in a stateless world post aftermaths of war-torn nations.


    Writer:  Karan Sharma (India) 


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Karan Sharma


    Cast: Karan Sharma 


     


    5. SURAJ MERA DUSHMAN


    Writer:  Aisha Sheikh (Pakistan) 


    Language: Urdu


    Director: Aisha Sheikh


    Cast: Aisha Sheikah


     


    6. DEDH INCH UPAR


    A common man living a simple married life was arrested by the Gestapo police on charges of carrying illegal chits. After 15 years, sitting in a Bar he takes a swing in past and through many beautiful memories, still searching answers.


    Writer: Nirmal Verma (India)


    Adapted by Prakash Soni


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Rahul Taneja


    Cast: Sunil Jasuja


     


    7. BLANK SLATE  


    Two strangers clash at an art exhibition.


    Writer: Daliya Habib (British-Pakistani)


    Language: English


    Director: Daliya Habib


    Cast: Kasia Truscott (Samantha), Kristian Kolandjian (Dante)


     


    8. ONE QUICK KISS


    Were the 30 pieces of silver worth the life of an innocent man? Judas logs his final confession to the people for the terrible deed he has committed.


    Writer: Shekinah Jacob (New Zealand)


    Language: English


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Rohit Prakash


    Cast: Rohit Prakash


     


    9. MAIN IK SHEHAR HOON


    I am a street with no inhabitants. An exile with no beginning or end.


    A home to the homeless. A path to the pathless.


    A once upon a time to a happily ever after.


    I am Life that lived making a living for all, but never once was I ever touched. Seen. Felt. Perhaps, I don't exist?


    Writer: Durdana Farid (Pakistan)


    Language: Urdu


    Director: Lakshmn Rao


    Cast: Lakshmn Rao


     


    10. SUBHANRAO CHE SAIRAT


    A landlord “Subhanrao” hilariously explains his experience to his villager’s friends after watching record-breaking Marathi movie “Sairat”.  


    Writer: Nilesh Ghodke(India)


    Language: Marathi


    ITC: Sutradhar


    Director: Nilesh Ghodke


    Cast: Nilesh Ghodke


WEEK 4 TOP 50 (15TH & 16TH FEBRUARY 7:30 PM)

  1. 1. A GAME OF KNIGHTS


    American detective fiction authors Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler meet TV novelist Jessica Fletcher in a bar late at night to discuss the state of writing in America.


    Writer: Mattie Haag (USA)


    Director: Robert Haag


    Cast: Sarah Potter (Jessica Fletcher), Farouk Bilbeisi (Raymond Chandler), Robert Haag (Dashiell Hammett)


     


    2. WALLS


    An abstract look at generational barriers.


    Writer: Lindsay Price (Canada)


    ITC: American School of Dubai


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Shirley Thompson, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Andrew Kim (James), Amina Elmasry (Joan), Leya Samhoun (Jane), Joshua Antero (Jamie)


    3. CUTTING TIES


    The choices you make will change the lives of these five people. Good, bad, right wrong...it is all in your hands. What will you choose?


    Writer: Shanthanu V. (India)


    ITC: AndWeAre 


    Director: Jesika Modi


    Cast: Matthew Barros (Jason), Janine Fernandes (Rhea), Shanthanu Venugopal (Narrator), Sarah Barros(Sanya), Amrit Iyer (Rishi) 


     


    4. RED IS THE BLOOD OF THE PEOPLE


    A piece of Malaysia’s nation-building history, Red is the Blood of the People is an attempt to reopen the wounds of colonial trauma, to make sense of how power continues to operate in historical narratives, and to understand, as descendants of colonized bodies, why the ghosts of our ancestors will continue to haunt us.


    Writer: Tzy Jiun Tan (Malaysia)


    ITC: The Collective


    Director: Ethan David Lee


    Cast: Lily Khamizan (Ensemble), Jamie Gabrielle Uy (Ensemble), Ming Ee Tham (Ensemble)


     


    5. I REMEMBER YOU


    1 room, 2 strangers. How did they get here? What’s their story? Should they be this vulnerable with each other?


    Writer:  Johnny Sumelj, Australia 


    Director: Shreya Maheshwari


    Cast: Dharam Veer Sood(Max), Mira Shah (Annabelle) Charmaine D’souza (Cameo)


     


    6. SHAKESPEARE – A TOTALLY MODERN TEENAGER


    The thought of studying Romeo and Juliet was daunting for Miss Noris’ middle-graders but with a bit of imagination, using their favourite film characters, the students find a way to spice up the play in unusual ways.


    Writer: Ellen Abraham-Williams (UK)


    ITC: Raha Interntional School.


    Director: Baran Basimi


    Cast: Adam Aly (Louis/Friar Lawrence), Grace Robinson (student/Juliet), Viri Pineiro (student/Juliet), Renata Sultangareeva (Mia), Zain Khan (Tyler/Paris), Advait Arya (student/Romeo), Amy Cooper (Miss Noris), Lara Saleh (Julz/Juliet), Ibrahim Rostron (Peter/Paris), Mohammed AlHammadi (student/Romeo)


     


    7. PETTY CRIMES


    Amber and troy are enjoying a good meal on the job; one of them has an important Qs to ask but their job gets in the way.


    Writer: Albert Jamae (Australia)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Dee Gee


    Cast: Dee Gee (Troy), Farzana Palathingal (Amber)


     


    8. MONET MONET MONET


    When a Monet goes missing from an art gallery wall, police question a mysterious woman in pink caught on surveillance video. But is what they see the truth or just an impression of it?


    Writer: Paulene Turner (Australia)


    ITC: Drama Galleries


    Director: Sikendar Hemani


    Assistant Director: Zahra Patanwala


    Cast: Cambell Tennis (SGT BODIE CORRIGON ), Gabriela Loana (VYETTE MYRES), Vaishali Balgu (Constable MIA SPENCER) ,Shriya Anup (Lady in pink) ,Sarfaraz Ahmad (Security)


     


    9. THE NEXT STATION IS…


    When stuck between the confines of life and art; remember "The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life". Oscar Wilde


    Writer: Nourah Almaiman (KSA/USA)


    ITC: Nabratuha Productions


    Director: Nourah Almaiman


    Cast: Sai Lakshmi (Passenger 1), Pahal Samyani (Passenger 2), Richa Anand Nigam (Passenger 3), Yasmien Mahmoud Ibrahim (Passenger 4), Ashleigh Adonis (Passenger 5), Sunetra Gupta (Passenger 6), Chineme Prince (Passenger 7), Nourah Almaiman (Passenger 9), Xolisile Dolo (Passenger 10)


     


    10. LIFE


    (Improvised)


    A fully improvised play in real time bringing the drama of everyday life to stage. The story, characters and location are all improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions.


    Writer: Ensemble (Improvised)


    ITC: The Human Lab


    Director: Naser Al Sughaiyer


    Cast: Gauri Chadha, Osama Farooqui, Ahmed Al-Fadil (No pre-planned characters, all improvised)


     


     


WEEK 4 WILDCARDS (16TH FEBRUARY 3:30 PM)

  1. 1. A WHITE CHRISTMAS


    A family Christmas dinner does not go as planned as Luke tries to fix something with a help of a little magic powder.


    Writer:  Anchala Prem  (India)


    ITC: Heriot Watt Drama Club


    Director: Anchala Prem


    Cast: Amit Dhawan (Luke), Niharika Chintakayal (Alex), Tania Patel (Selena), Shifa Ahsan (Nikki), Lionel Mendonsa (Phil), Layba Syed (Violet).


     


    2. MIND GAMES


    A troubled man must face the demons of his past once and for all.


    Writer: Lee Cordner(UK)


    ITC: Paribhasha(Bits Pilani Dubai Campus)


    Director:Zaid Aftab


    Cast: Zaid Aftab(John),Paridhi Garg(Sharon)


     


    3. PROJECT DEFECTUS


    Four school kids visiting a scientist’s laboratory discover his secret dystopian project. Will the kids outsmart a devious man bent on trampling humanity or become victims of his machinations?


    Writer: Tvisha Mehra (India)


    Director: Tvisha Mehra


    Cast:  Dr Atmosphere ( Amit Ghosh ), Daisy (Pahal Samyani),  Myra (Nandini Bhattacharya),Aidan (Aaditya Gandhi ), Zach (Aryan Anand) ,Guard ( Hrishikesh Kalyanaraman)


     


    4. ONCE UPON A TIME


    Seemingly mature Jack & Jill, irked by everyday problems of their fantasy land contemplate on finding solutions for themselves and for their friend Simple Simon. 


    Writer:   Joe Bergin (Ireland)


    Director: Chineme Prince, Hamza Merchant


    Cast: Sunetra Gupta (Jill) , Hamza Merchant (Jack) , Chineme Prince (Simon)


     


    5. FAIRIES


    Cutting a fairy tree would bring bad luck they said. But her family never did cut any. Then why did her mommy go? 


    Writer: Adam Szudrich (Australia)


    Director: Anushka Agarwal


    Cast: Anushka Agarwal


     


    6. TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE


    It is a normal day for Gert, the teller, at The One Horse Town Bank. A masked man enters to rob the bank but he is not prepared for the obstinacy and inflexibility of the bank employee.


    Writer: Corey Case (USA)


    Director: Viji Sashikant


    Cast: Viji Shashikant (Gert), Pushan Sengupta (Stan), Hitesh Tailor (Tom)


     


    7. FAVORS


    So if the husband and the best friend ride the wave, should the wife/best friend pay for the favor?


    Writer: Julianne Homokay (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC group directing


    Cast: Sadiya Kazmi (Pennie), Soni Chhabra (Allison)


     


    8. A WOMB WITH A VIEW


    It was time for yet another new kid to leave to her nest; but will she ever be prepared for what lies ahead? A story of a womb, from a different view. 


    Writer:  Rich Orloff (USA)


    ITC: MacGyvers and Co.


    Director: Aditi Nath


    Cast: Mira Dabhi (Supervisor), Joanna Sequeira (New Kid), Vidhi Bali (Assistant A), Aashna Khemani (Technician) & Aditi Nath (Assistant B)


     


    9.


    THE INTERROGATION ROOM


    Set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, an investigative journalist, Raymond, finds himself lost in a quagmire of political intrigue as he is interrogated by the seasoned Officer Becket.


    Writer: Sheldon John Dias (India)


    Director: Sheldon John Dias


    Music: David McCrahan


    Cast: Eben Thomas (Officer S. Becket), Ron Thomas (Raymond Williams), Angeleena Joy (Mercy)


     


    10. IT’S (NOT) MY BIRTHDAY


    Writer:  Andrea Fergon (Country?)


    Director: Andrea Fergon


    Cast: Andrea Fergon


WEEK 5 TOP 50 (22ND & 23RD FEBRUARY 7:30 PM)

  1. 1.  BOYFRIEND 2.0


    Two weeks after their break-up Daniel goes back to talk to Hayley and learns he's been replaced by a shiny new model boyfriend. Who will she choose? Her decision will affect the future of humankind. Only love can save us.


    Writer: Paulene Turner (Australia)


    Language: English


    ITC: Short+Sweet Acting Group


    Director: Samuel Marcos


    Cast: Samuel Marcos (Daniel) , Naser Al Sughaiyer (Clark), Larissa Massih (Hayley)


     


    2. THE SNOW ANGEL OF ANTARTICA          


    A sisters journey to different parts of the world with her brother.


    Writer: Vicki Connerty (UK)


    Director: Priyanka Geriya


    Cast: Priyanka Geriya


     


    3. SAY NOTHING


    A brief indiscretion prompts a conversation that will change both of their lives


    Adaptation of Ne Dis Rien


    Writer: Philippe Caure (France)


    Director: Joelle Thomas


    Cast: Emmanuel Brechard (Him), Joelle Thomas (Her)


     


    4. A GLITCH IN TIME SAVES…


    A timeless story of a quest for romance, or something like that...well, nothing like that. But hey, it's got a Time Machine, a particularly well-dressed gentleman, a particularly grumpy gentleman and some other shenanigans.


    Writer: Johny Johnson & Sahil Hameed (India)


    Director: Johny Johnson


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Justin), Yash Bhardwaj (Mark), Keerthan Ganesh (Bartender), Ramya Bala (Delilah)


     


    5. STAR POWER


    A visit from a stranger regarding an overdue bill creates a galactic headache for Jeffrey.


    Writer: Ted Wenskus (USA)


    Director: Akanksha Goenka


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Jeffrey), Abbas Daruwala (Llyod), Rohit Prakash/Ahmed Syed (Martin)


     


    6. THEATRE IN THE RED


    An enthusiastic playwright looking for her script to be produced by a theatre is about to meet the veteran stingy owner of that Theatre. Is it going be so easy?


    Writer: Joan Broadman (USA)


    Director: Satyen Chandiramani


    ITC: Tall Tales Productions


    Cast: Malavika Varadhan (Marilyn), Hananah Zaheer (Jill)


     


    7. FROG LOVES CHRISTY


    So if the princess kisses the frog he becomes a prince, will she stay a princess?


    Writer: Ann Wuehler (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC Ensemble


    Cast: Marija Gregoric (Frog), Natalie Wehbe (Christy)


     


    8. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING


    There is a 72 % chance you might meet your compatible life partner in a Doctor’s office – Statistically Speaking!


    Writer: John Gould (Australia)


    Director: Pranav Nasta & Gabriela Porojan


    Cast: Gabriela Porojan (Stephanie), Pranav Nasta (Milton)


     


    9. BEST SERVED COLD


    As a food critic ponders on a particularly unpalatable plate of potatoes, a mash-up of memories serves to remind him of the insipid indulgence that life has become.


    Writer: Alan Robinson (U.K.)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Jaidev Sanketi


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Reginald), Neha Kalvani (Waitress)


     


    10. PLAYGROUND


    The Playground. A place where kids play - and adults are not allowed. What could go wrong? Plenty!


    Writer: Devised by the Company


    ITC: Short+Sweet Acting Group


    Director: Alex Broun


    Cast: Somaya Abuelazm, Anushka Agarwal, Anam Ahmad, Larissa Al Massih, Sonal Bhatnagar, Carole Binbrek, John Buck, Caroline Hamren, Lara K, Kimberley Kovhiwa, Samuel Marcos, Devina Pande, Naser Al Sughaiyer, Alexandra Suvorova, Philipp Tachas, Nabeeha Zafar, 


WEEK 5 WILDCARDS (23RD FEBRUARY 3:30 PM)

  1. 1. THE POPSICLE BOY


    The story is an adaptation of old folk tale Gingerbread men where the popsicle boy comes to life and starts his adventure.


    Story based on Ginger Bread Man


    ITC: GEMS Modern Academy


    Director: School Ensemble


    Cast: Myra Agarwal (Popsicle Boy), Baby - Ronit Rathi (Baby), Ihina Audhya (Jumping Rope Girl), Ayanah Chaudhry (Dog), Rayan Jamadar (Boy on Bike), Pari Bisht (Narrator), Manas Jain (Narrator)


     


    2. FINAL CONSULTATION


    Jack has been cured by Dr. Hakim. But of what? And in which life?


    Writer: John Buck (UK)        


    ITC: Short & Sweet Acting group


    Director: John Buck


    Cast: John Buck (Jack Young), Somaya Abu Elazm (Dr. Hakim), Gordon David (Male Nurse)


     


    3. ROSIE THE RETIRED ROCKETTE 


    If you are blinded by the light? And deserted by time? What would be left from your memories.


    Writer: Daniel Guyton (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC group directing


    Cast: Soni Chhabra (Rosie), Ghada el Kkhoury (Dawn), Apoorva Mehra (Christie), Fatiha Embakir (Ella)


     


    4. EXCEPTIONAL


    One woman delicately negotiates the subconscious prejudices that underline our interpersonal relationships, questioning the barriers between exception and exceptional.


    Writer: Sahar Ali (Ireland)


    Director: Sahar Ali


    Cast: Sahar Ali


     


    5. WORDS – SPOKEN, UNSPOKEN


    Words. Words. This groundbreaking monologue is about words. Speaking the unspoken. Speaking the spoken. Speaking about violence against women because the story of women is the story of life itself.


    Writer: Carol Michele Kaplan (UK)


    Adapted & Designed by Prakash Soni


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Mandip Walia


    Cast: Mandeep Walia


     


    6. BIRTH OF AN ADVERT


    Ad guys always find a way to entertain. A brainstorm session for the pitch of a product that some might find absurd; three ideas and a boss. Whose idea will you pick?


    Writer: Kajal Naidu (Australia)


    ITC: Short+Sweet Acting Group


    Director: Ensemble


    Cast: Anam Ahmad (The Boss), Nabeeha Zafar (Olivia) , Devina Pande (Anna), Kimberley Kovhiwa (Martha)


     


    7. TO BE OR NOT TO BE


    Once a popular stage actor now despises the drama industry; Banquo is challenged by his own blood when his daughter joins a drama group. As the curtain raises again in their lives their fate remains an intrigue. To be? Or not to be?


    Writer: Deepanjan Banerjee (India)


    Director: Pradipto Dutta & Dipanjan Banerjee 


    Cast:  Amit Vikram Ghosh, Nandini Chatterjee, Shilpi Dutta


     


    8. RESPONSIBLE


    A married couple, a sweater, and a responsible stranger who is about to miss a flight


    Writer: Bara Swain (USA)


    ITC: Short+Sweet Acting Group


    Director: Ensemble


    Cast:  Philipp Tachas (Louis), Alexandra Suvorova (Jillian), Constanze (Dora ).


     


    9. THE PROMISE OF YOU


    A woman explains to her best friend and former boyfriend why she no longer accepts his fairy tales about their past love story.


    Writer:  Daniel Martine (USA)        


    Language: English


    Director: Sarah Sailor 


    Cast: Elsa Pottier


     


PEOPLE'S CHOICE SEMI FINALS (1ST MARCH - 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  1. PLAYS NOT IN RUNNING ORDER


    CINDELLALA (Winner Top 50 Week 1)


    “A new pair of shoes can change a girl’s life”, keeping the famous maxim of Cinderella’s story in mind; a middle class woman is out in the black market of Dubai to find a branded pair of shoes at a low price accompanied by a desperate shopkeeper in her journey.


    Writer:  Asad Raza Khan, Shafaq Zehra (Pakistan)


    ITC: Tall Tales productions


    Director:   Asad Raza Khan & Shafaq Zehra


    Cast: Neha Ajmal (cindellala), Saif khan (Shopkeeper) Sana Rizvi, Adnan Inayat and Areeba Khan (Singers, extras)


     


    PASSIVE SMOKERS (Winner Wildcards Week 1)


    The story revolves around the plight of women  working in beedi making (cigar rolling) factories and farms and their families.


    Writer: Supriya and Milind Vinod ( India)


    ITC: Sutradhar


    Directors: Supriya and Milind 


    Cast: Dr.Pallavi Baratake(Elderly Women), Pravin Attardey ( Contractor) ,Nitesh Ghodake( Bride groom), Sadia Pathan(Bride)


     


    MUM HAD SAID (Winner Top 50 Week 2)


    The sound, smell & scene; all are familiar. The cries of help too. World's getting louder, sadder & dirtier. Terror is in our face. Everyone's running, screaming. But, does there lay an escape? Tomorrow, it could be us in her shoes.


    Writer: Purva Grover (India)


    Director: Kripa Kotriwala


    Cast: Kripa Kotriwala (Child), Rashmi Kotriwala, (Mother )


     


    INVISIBLE THREADS (Winner Wildcards Week 2) 


    Connections between people can run deep and it is so profound the extent we would go to for someone we love. We only truly appreciate this when all distractions of life are removed. 


    Writer:  Zainab Mashoor    (Sri-Lanka)


    Director: Zainab Mashoor & Dilumi Dissanayake


    Cast: Advait Kulkarni(Temba), Aadi Patel (Zamu), Iman Ameerzeb (Sage) 


     


    URDU KI YAAD MEIN (Winner Top 50 Week 3)


    "When Counselor  Sahib struggles to write his first speech the lady “Urdu” tries teaching him grammar through various characters. What ensues is a funny yet poignant story of how the beautiful language is being underutilized and ruined in the present times."


     


    Writer:  Shafaq Zehra & M. Ali (Pakistan)


    Language: Urdu


    ITC: Szabist University


    Director: Shafaq Zehra & M.Ali


    Cast: Sania Saleem (urdu) Usama Zafar (Counselor sahib) Adnan Anayat (jama)Hanifa Arif (Wahid) Masood Gohar (Muzakar) Neha Ajmal and Faraz Hashim. (Ilfaz mutazad) Shafaq Zehra (Narrator)


     


    BLANK SLATE  (Winner Wildcards Week 3)


    Two strangers clash at an art exhibition.


    Writer: Daliya Habib (British-Pakistani)


    Language: English


    Director: Daliya Habib


    Cast: Kasia Truscott (Samantha), Kristian Kolandjian (Dante)


     


    SHAKESPEARE – A TOTALLY MODERN TEENAGER (Winner Top 50 Week 4)


    The thought of studying Romeo and Juliet was daunting for Miss Noris’ middle-graders but with a bit of imagination, using their favourite film characters, the students find a way to spice up the play in unusual ways.


    Writer: Ellen Abraham-Williams (UK)


    ITC: Raha International School.


    Director: Baran Basimi


    Cast: Adam Aly (Louis/Friar Lawrence), Grace Robinson (student/Juliet), Viri Pineiro (student/Juliet), Renata Sultangareeva (Mia), Zain Khan (Tyler/Paris), Advait Arya (student/Romeo), Amy Cooper (Miss Noris), Lara Saleh (Julz/Juliet), Ibrahim Rostron (Peter/Paris), Mohammed AlHammadi (student/Romeo)


     


    FAVORS (Winner Wildcards Week 4)


    So if the husband and the best friend ride the wave, should the wife/best friend pay for the favor?


    Writer: Julianne Homokay (USA)


    ITC: Dubai Drama Club


    Director: DDC group directing


    Cast: Sadiya Kazmi (Pennie), Soni Chhabra (Allison)


     


    SAY NOTHING


    A brief indiscretion prompts a conversation that will change both of their lives


    Adaptation of Ne Dis Rien


    Writer: Philippe Caure (France)


    Director: Joelle Thomas


    Cast: Emmanuel Brechard (Him), Joelle Thomas (Her)


     


    TO BE OR NOT TO BE


    Once a popular stage actor now despises the drama industry; Banquo is challenged by his own blood when his daughter joins a drama group. As the curtain raises again in their lives their fate remains an intrigue. To be? Or not to be?


    Writer: Deepanjan Banerjee (India)


    Director: Pradipto Dutta & Dipanjan Banerjee 


    Cast:  Amit Vikram Ghosh, Nandini Chatterjee, Shilpi Dutta


     


     


JUDGE'S CHOICE SEMI FINALS (2ND MARCH - 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM)

  1. PLAYS NOT IN RUNNING ORDER


    CHECKMATE (Runner Up Top 50 Week 1) 


    A harmless addiction or a passionate obsession? Penny likes to double check things!


    Writer: Cerise De Gelder (Australia)


    Director: Aradhita Basu


    Cast: Aradhita Basu (Penny)


     


    TIMESAVERS (Winner Wildcards Week 1)


    He was her first customer, and time was their only transaction. A give and take that no 'time' saw coming. 


    Writer:  Barry Wood (UK)


    ITC: MacGyvers & Co


    Directors: Saloni Mehta and Aashna Khemani


    Cast: Aditi Nath, Saloni Mehta


     


    INDULGE ME (Runner Up Top 50 Week 2)


    An angry, edgy teen having a bad day. A grumpy old cynical janitor whose perpetually rude and sarcastic. Both of them are free to leave the conversation at any point. Yet something holds them back.


    Writer: Sid Abbas (UAE)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Roli Agrawal


    Cast: Sid Abbas (Tony Brown), Soumya Mehta (Michelle Miller)


     


    WHAT’S A LITTLE AXE BETWEEN FRIENDS (Winner Wildcards Week 2) 


    Just because your job is to execute someone it doesn't mean you can't be friends


    Writer: Joe Starzyk (USA)


    Director: Anna Yahn


    Cast: Karan Sharma (Executioner) Majed AlZubaidi (Prisoner)


     


    KALEIDOSCOPE (Runner Up Top 50 Week 3)


    There are triggers for nostalgia. Anything that makes you travel back in a time machine. A mid aged woman stumbles upon one such thing. Like many different shapes through kaleidoscope her past unwinds taking us along down memory lane.


    Writer: Prakash Kelkar (India)


    Language: Marathi


    Director: Nilesh Deshpande


    Cast: Mugdha Dhomkar 


     


    KEEPING ANNABELLE (Winner Wildcards Week 3)


    A woman has been kidnapped and held captive in a dark basement. Only something has gone terribly wrong and her kidnapper is dangerously upset. A gripping dialogue between a kidnapper and a victim


    Writer: Rachel Welsh (UK)


    Language: English


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: H72 Ensemble


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Victim), Somiya Mehta (Kidnapper)


     


    DEDH INCH UPAR (Winner Wildcards Week 3)


    A common man living a simple married life was arrested by the Gestapo police on charges of carrying illegal chits. After 15 years, sitting in a Bar he takes a swing in past and through many beautiful memories, still searching answers.


    Writer: Nirmal Verma (India)


    Adapted by Prakash Soni


    ITC: Theatrewallas


    Director: Rahul Taneja


    Cast: Sunil Jasuja


     


    RED IS THE BLOOD OF THE PEOPLE (Runner Up Top 50 Week 4)


    A piece of Malaysia’s nation-building history, Red is the Blood of the People is an attempt to reopen the wounds of colonial trauma, to make sense of how power continues to operate in historical narratives and to understand, as descendants of colonized bodies, why the ghosts of our ancestors will continue to haunt us.


    Writer: Tzy Jiun Tan (Malaysia)


    ITC: The Collective


    Director: Ethan David Lee


    Cast: Lily Khamizan (Ensemble), Jamie Gabrielle Uy (Ensemble), Ming Ee Tham (Ensemble)


     


    ONCE UPON A TIME (Winner Wildcards Week 4)


    Seemingly mature Jack & Jill, irked by everyday problems of their fantasy land contemplate on finding solutions for themselves and for their friend Simple Simon. 


    Writer:   Joe Bergin (Ireland)


    Director: Chineme Prince, Hamza Merchant


    Cast: Sunetra Gupta (Jill), Hamza Merchant (Jack), Chineme Prince (Simon)


     


    A GLITCH IN TIME SAVES…


    A timeless story of a quest for romance, or something like that...well, nothing like that. But hey, it's got a Time Machine, a particularly well-dressed gentleman, a particularly grumpy gentleman and some other shenanigans.


    Writer: Johny Johnson & Sahil Hameed (India)


    Director: Johny Johnson


    Cast: Paurav Shah (Justin), Yash Bhardwaj (Mark), Keerthan Ganesh (Bartender), Ramya Bala (Delilah)


     


    EXCEPTIONAL


    One woman delicately negotiates the subconscious prejudices that underline our interpersonal relationships, questioning the barriers between exception and exceptional.


    Writer: Sahar Ali (Ireland)


    Director: Sahar Ali


    Cast: Sahar Ali


     


GALA FINALS (7TH, 8TH & 9TH MARCH AT 7:30 PM)

  1. PLAYS NOT IN RUNING ORDER


    THE ROLE OF DELLA (Winner Top 50 Week 1) 


    An eager young actress has her eye set on the role of Della, but can she convince a cold, sarcastic director that she's right for the part? A riveting and riotous look at the contemporary audition process, giving new meaning to the term "stealing a scene."


    Writer: John Wooten (USA)


    ITC: American School of Dubai


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Shirley Thomson, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Noor Chang (Elizabeth), Christina Azzi (Emma), TBD (Woman)


     


    THE PANEL (Winner Top 50 Week 2)


    An idealist, a cynic, an opportunist and a poet discuss women's issues on a talk show. What could possibly go wrong?


    Writer: Najwa Yassir (Canada/Palestine)


    Director: Najwa Yassir


    Cast: Ashleigh Adonis (Cherry), Nourah Almaiman (Hala), Khalid Bilal (Kareem K), Assyl Yacine (Abes), Hani Yakan (Sameer).


     


    A KITE


    An artist searching for answers in a competition knowing that crimes will be against the game. He searches for his freedom and decides to meet the audience before the competition starts asking "to act is to live? And to live is to act?"


    Writer: Jihad Al Andary (Lebanon)


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Jihad Al Andary


    Cast: Jihad Al Andary


     


    PETTY CRIMES


    Amber and troy are enjoying a good meal on the job; one of them has an important Qs to ask but their job gets in the way.


    Writer: Albert Jamae (Australia)


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Director: Dee Gee


    Cast: Dee Gee (Troy), Farzana Palathingal (Amber)


     


    STAR POWER


    A visit from a stranger regarding an overdue bill creates a galactic headache for Jeffrey.


    Writer: Ted Wenskus (USA)


    Director: Akanksha Goenka


    ITC: H72 Productions


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Jeffrey), Abbas Daruwala (Llyod), Rohit Prakash/Ahmed Syed (Martin)