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12 Aug 2020 to 15 Aug 2020
28 Sep 2020 to 11 Oct 2020
When
Friday, January 24, 2020 to Saturday, March 7, 2020
Where
The Junction
Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Theatre Dubai 2020

The eighth annual Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival will run for seven super weeks at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz from January 24th to March 7th, 2020.

 

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24th & 25th Jan '20, 7:30 PM - Top 50 Week 1

  1. 1. Soap and Glory


    Like everyone in the support group for soap addiction, Alfie was trying to get clean - but when a mysterious object threatens his recovery, could it be a real-life plot twist? Or is it just his brain on soap?


     


    Writer: Philip Clarke (Ireland) and Despina Clarke (Macedonia)


    Director: Morna McDonald


    Cast:  Mario Silva (Alfie), Anna Hamer (Dr. Harvey), Sarah Jane Savage (Sandra) and Philip Clarke (Bob).


     


    2. Two Eggs


    While getting ready for a date, a woman has to contend with a pesky neighbor with a major personality disorder.


     


    Writer: Stephen Bittrich (USA)


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Marisa Dietsche, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Dorian Crone (Jane), Archie Sergeant (Kiss Ass Skip), Joon Cha (Depressed Skip), Cameron Stewart (Misogynist Cave Man Skip), Carl Myers (Barry White Skip)


     


    3. Hang A Lampshade On It!


    Two women discuss their fate when they are stranded on an empty highway. 


     


    Writer: Gregory Crafts (USA)


    ITC/Group Name: H72 Productions


    Director: Monica Chatterjee


    Cast: Arzoo Malhotra (Karen), Alina Islam (Abby)


     


    4. Empty Quarter


    Clementine doesn't like her name or her mom, but she does appreciate non-threatening people with a frozen backpack. A story on self-exploration, acceptance and how everything is not always as bad as it seems.


     


    Writer:  Edwige Narbey (France/UAE)


    ITC/Group Name: MacGyvers & Co.


    Director: Aditi Nath


    Cast: Senora Dmello (Clementine), Joanna Sequeira (Melanie), Malik Siddique (Aarav)


     


    5. The Most Important Words of my Life


    A funny, touching play about facing responsibilities. Matthew is not quite ready for the important annual awards dinner. But life brings him even bigger challenges. 


     


    Writer: Doug Mackay (UK/UAE)


    Director: Doug Mackay


    Cast: Pranav Nasta (Matthew), Manas Vilas (Dad), Aradhita Basu (Mum)


     


    6. All That You Are

    A mixed-martial artist stands ready for his championship

    fight, if he can deal with all the people visiting him beforehand


    Writer: Justin Cipriano (USA/UAE)
    Director: Justin Cipriano
    Cast: Catherine Board (Zarah), Chineme Prince (Snaps), James McLean

    (Cleaner), Keith Dallison (Coach), Justin Cipriano (Fighter)


     


     


    7. Ring By Midnight


    Does the strike of Midnight actually change someone's life? Claudia is on one such quest to see what the fortune holds for her on the New Year's eve. Will she finally get her Ring- Come and find out.


     


    Writer:  Tabassum Gafur Inamdar (India)


    Director: Tabassum Gafur Inamdar 


    Cast: Sonali Aswani (Claudia), Tabassum Inamdar (Fortune teller), Sarthak Mahendroo (Xavier), Brian Magner (James), Xec Mohsin (Christopher), Sonal Bhatnagar (lady), Shriraj Sawant (man) 


     


    8. Happy Hour


    Renee is at the bar for a quick drink when she bumps into Celia who coincidentally turns out to be her schoolmate. Or was it really a coincidence?


     


    Writer:  John Bavoso (USA)


    ITC/Group Name: Xpression Art


    Director: Richa Anand Nigam


    Cast: Meghna Gupta (Renee), Lavina Jaswani (Celia)


     


     


    9. The Best Day of my Life


    Becca - a bride. What is she after all the glamour and spotlights fade?


     


    Writer:  Pete Malicki (Australia)


    Directors Name: Gabriela Porojan


    Cast: Gabriela Porojan (Becca)


     


    10. For Jeffrey


    Between a man and a woman, a good deed goes unpunished.


     


    Writer: Andy Goldberg (USA)


    Director: The Company


    Cast:  Royson Lobo (Clark) and Reena Pinto (Patty).


     


    11. I WANT TO SLEEP


    After a long working day, Karen is trying to sleep. Will her thoughts let her sleep? .


     


    Writer: Mahmoud Basyoni (Egypt)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Director: Mahmoud Basyoni


    Cast:  Neven Tareq (Karen), Ahmed Abdullah (Overthinking), Ahmed Abd El Hady (Negative Thoughts), Mohamed Kayed (Depression), Hassan Mohamed (Sleep)


    12. RAW


    When Sam, a strong-minded urologist, refuses to give a family friend “The Snip,” Sam’s wife Grace tries to convince Sam to apologize. But their family dinner spirals out of control, catching ten-year-old son Alan in the crossfire.


     


    Writer: Victoria Z. Daly (USA)


    Directors Name: Lydia Medeiros


    Cast: Amit Ghosh (Sam), Lydia Medeiros (Grace), Yasseen Ashri (Alan)


25th Jan '20, 3:30 PM - Wildcards Week 1

  1. 1. Ovary Machine


     


    Writer: Milind Vinod


    Director: Milind Vinod


    Cast: Gabriella Iona (Suzanne),  James Curry (Peter),  Monisha Mirchandani (Advocate Zeenath), Sonali Aswani (Dr. Patel), Shilpi Dutta (Dr. Godwani) , Nitesh Ghodake (Walji bhai), Sadia Pathan (Noor), Aastha Rath Ananya Rath and Tanisha Dutta (Kids)


     


    2. Pieces of Divinity


    Two rats having a soulful conversation while foraging for food.


     


    Writer: Brian L. Gray (American)


    Director: Tala Nabulsi


    Cast: Ramsey Khalifeh (Rat 1 & Yellow Cat), Malek Katerji (Rat 2)


     


    3.


    On The Way To Mars


    It’s a journey of 2 astronauts on their way to mars.


     


    Writer:  Unknown


    Director:  Ensemble


    Cast: Varnika Goenka and Advika Goenka


     


    4.  Man is Black


    The story is based on the black man’s life and identity that has been lost in the wind of slavery, racisms and Coding of people based on appearances and tag with labels that undermined the humanity within him.


     


    Writer:  Xolisile W. Dolo


    ITC/Group Name: Mzansi Abroad


    Director: Xolisile W. Dolo


    Cast: Xolisile W. Dolo


     


    5. Caked Up!


    The girls have arranged a surprise party for their friend but the traffic delays them all. As if that was not enough, their least favorite person crashes the party and ruins it for them all.


     


    Writer: Tara Pillay (India/UAE)


    Director: Ensemble
    Cast: Tara Pillay (Tina), Harpreet Singh (Huma), Edwige Narby (Edna), Anu Chopra (Anahita), Anupama Jain (Angie), Nishi Singh (Nina), Rakesh Jain (Rahman), Natraj P. (Nathan), Neena Nath (Noora) & Carole Binbrek (Mama)


     


    6. The Judgement

    Witness the fall from grace of a once-great lawyer whose fate now lies in your hand


    Writer: Amit Dhawan (India/UAE)
    ITC/Group Name: Heriot Watt
    Director: Amit Dhawan
    Cast: Anchala Prem (Susan), Amit Dhawan (Richard), Amal Mehta (The Judge), Sana Hafza (Assistant Lawyer), Saad Javed(Prosecutor), Sonia Mulimani (House helper), Irfan Subair (Friend), Saumya Rao (jury vote collector), Shayne Monteiro (Security Guard)


     


    7. Mine Too


    A man will keep fighting for what is his too, as an ongoing argument over the phone will test his resolution.


     


    Writer:  Nourah Almaiman (KSA/USA)


    ITC/Group Name: Nabratuha Productions 


    Directors Name:  Yousef Al Shamsi


    Cast:  Nikhil Mittal (Man) 


     


    8. Lullaby


    The struggles and demands of 1st-time parenthood takes away the love and romance from even the happiest couple. Shane and Julie are trying to get adequate sleep as well. Will they ever be able to create their "PERFECT WORLD" again?


     


    Writer: Joe Bergin (Ireland)


    Director: Sonal Bhatnagar


    Cast: Sonal Bhatnagar (Julie), Sandeep George (Man), Sriraj Sawant (Shane)


     


    9. Superposition


     


    Writer: Cliff Keen (Australia)


    Director: By The Company


    Cast:


     


    10. Prometheus Shrugs


     


    Writer: John Bavoso (USA)


    Director: Maria Gregoric


    Cast:


     


31st Jan & 1st Feb '20, 7:30 PM - Top 50 Week 2

  1. 1. STATUS UPDATE


    Seven teenagers express their hopes and fears online in a rousing symphony of status updates.


    Writer: Bradley Hayward (Canada)


    ITC/Group: American School of Dubai (ASD)


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Marisa Dietsche, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Alan Berzinji (James), Isabella Barham (Piper), Jamilla Abdel-Razek (Cindy), Farrah AbuAsad (Smantha), Sara Hijer (Laura), Arav Anand (Brody), Ammar Ul Haq (Vance)


     


    2. UGGA WUGGA 


    The play explores the development of language from prehistoric times through to modern-day. Let’s see how much has changed – perhaps not as much as we might imagine!


    Writer: Chris McDermott (UK)


    Director: Greg Lunn


    Cast: Angela Breen (Ongi), Najam Khan (Tog), Eunice Kenyon-Blair (Commentator), Ahmed ElKhouli (Karl), Paul Dodd (Wacko), Adrian Gavin (Crat).


     


    3. IS THAT OKAY?


    An actress with dreams of success struggles to navigate through the darker side of show business.


    Writer:  Arzoo Malhotra (USA/UAE)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Ensemble direction


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Unnamed/ The Actress/She)


     


    4. CRY FOR ME


    Alicia has found herself an unusual job that sees her attending a lot of funerals.  


    Writer: Pete Malicki (Australia)


    Director: Aradhita Basu


    Cast: Aradhita Basu (Alicia)


     


    5. ERR…??

    She creates life by her word… with coffee, cake and… Errr…???


    Writer: Elden Rhoads (USA)
    ITC/Group: StudioRepublik
    Director: The Company
    Cast: Joelle Raad (The Goddess), Natascia Colautti (Woman), Keith Dallison (Man)


     


    6. KISS HER GOODBYE


    Is it true that nice guys finish last? Andy is one hell of a nice guy who can't seem to catch a break. But Nick is determined to get him out there & teach him the art of seduction. Will he succeed? Let’s find out!


    Writer:  Mike Vogel (USA)


    ITC/Group: Emotive Productions


    Director: Ensemble 


    Cast: Karan Sharma (Andy), Baha Takiedoine (Nick), Rachel Kosbar (Eleanor). 


     


    7. THE SNOW ANGEL OF ANTARCTICA


    After nearly a year of travelling the world, Jimmy and his sister Maggie have finally arrived in Antarctica. With the small matter of some human ashes hidden in his hand-luggage, Jimmy isn't ready to leave but Maggie thinks it's time to return home. A tale with a twist about sibling rivalry, Scrabble and snow angels.


    Writer: Victoria Connerty (UK)


    Director: Priyanka Geriya


    Cast: Chintan Vora (Jimmy) and Priyanka Geriya (Maggie)


     


    8. DATE WITH DEATH


    Angela lands with a houseful of clothes at Karen’s house asking to stay overnight leaving Karen exasperated. That and the quirkiness of Angela’s dating life.  It’s just a little odd. Actually VERY odd!


    Writer: Steven Hayet (USA)


    ITC/Group: Xpression Art


    Director: Meghna Gupta


    Cast: Meghna Gupta (Karen), Senora D’Mello (Angela), Pranav Nasta (David)


     


    9.  FELINE FELONIES


    Catsanova has planned many a kidnapping; however, things never always go according to plan and she found out the hard way. Did Catsanova's information betray her; or did it?


    Writer: Dee Gee (India/UAE)
    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Dee Gee


    Cast: Tara Rautenbach (Catsanova/Jiya Malhotra),  Mira Shah (Halle Purry/Neha Singh), Dharamveer Sood (Det. Mark Radcliffe/Fluffy Bone)


     


    10. ROSEMARY


    Dan is looking for a house. He finds one which seems more like a home. Will he discover why this house seems so familiar? or discover more about the people around him?


    Writer: Madhurima Ray (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Tall Tales Production


    Cast: Meghana Mundkur (Mary), Hussain Hadi (Robert), Muf Goulamhoussen (Dan)


                  


    11.  THIS IS SHE


    A snippet of an original creative verbatim piece, based on the true stories of women from around the world.


    Writer:  Vicki Galloway-Place (UK/UAE)


    Director: Vicki Galloway-Place


    Cast: Actors Name (Character) Leanne Cardill (Tilly 1, Acceptance), Genette Harrison (Tilly 3, A True Welsh Love Story), Jenny Moffat (Tilly 2, Iffluvious) 


1st Feb '20, 3:30 PM - Wildcards Week 2

  1. 1. Me?


    A therapy session, harmless right? Little did Sara know what a dark turn her day was about to take.


    Writer: Anushka Agarwal (India/UAE) 


    Director: Anushka Agarwal


    Cast: Anushka Agarwal (Sara), Naz Karadede (Mystery person), Eman Fattani (Therapist)


     


    2. Here

    He was asleep and completely unaware that he had a visitor. Who is she and why is she here?

    A story about a love lost, 'Here' explores the complexities of death and denial.


    Writer: Martina Murphy (Ireland)
    ITC/Group: MacGyvers & Co.


    Director: Saloni Mehta
    Cast: Malik Siddique (Michael), Nandini Chatterjee (Jennifer)


     


    3. THAT DAMN DUCK


    If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.  


    Writer: Cerise De Gelder (Australia)


    ITC/GROUP: Xpression Art


    Director: Seema Kunder


    Cast: Seema (Mel)


     


    4. TRUST ME, I AM A DOCTOR


    Trevor never realised his dream to become a Doctor nor to date Marie. But today fate is maybe offering him a second chance at both...


    Writers: John Buck (UK/UAE) and Edwige Narbey (France/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Concorde


    Directors: John Buck & Edwige Narbey


    Cast: John Buck (Trevor Hughes), Gabrielle Meli (Jennifer), Edwige Narbey (Marie), Julie Buck (Stacey), Philipp Tachas (Doctor Schofield)


     


    5. Club Fiya


    A Journalist goes to an empty bar to escape hehe1r lie until she pays the price for the truth.


     Writer: Rik Aby (UAE)


     ITC/Group:  Studio Republik


     Director: Kholoud Abdallah


     Cast: Rik Aby (Samuels), Kholoud Abdullah (Linda)


     


    6. DAMIEN O’BRIEN

    There is more than what meets the eye even at a mundane place like a job interview.


    Writer: Amit Dhawan (India/UAE)
    ITC/Group: Heriot Watt
    Director: Anchala Prem.
    Cast: Anchala Prem (D), Ismail Bolock (O), Amal Mehta (Damien), Sana Hafza (S), Niharika Chintakayal (B), Ashleigh Adonis (A), Sonia Mulimani (Receptionist)


     


    7. DISCUSSION ON A RAILWAY CARRIAGE


    A humorous examination of the differing perspectives of two men from widely differing social backgrounds who are travelling on a train in England. One is a very posh gentleman who, unfortunately, upsets the other man, a true working-class northerner. 


    Writer: Chris McDermott (UK)


    Director: Chris McDermott


    Cast: Greg Lunn: (Arnold Ramsbottom), Chris McDermott (Reginald Ponsonby-Smythe)


    Eunice Kenyon-Blair and Angela Breen (Two women)


     


    8. ROMANCE


    This lighthearted comedy throws a spotlight on online dating and the not-so-subtle realities of having to meet face-to-face.  


    Writers: Martinez & Srour (France)


    ITC/Group: Banana Drama


    Director: Justin de Casterle


    Cast: Jihane Tehini (Julie), Patrick Albrecht (Frank)


     


    9. A Brexiteer, A Migrant & A Gun


    A Brexiteer, A Migrant and A Gun.  A Brexiteer and a Migrant are chained to a table as they await a deadline. The answer to the question “Which side are you?” may not be as apparent as first thought as questions of class, camaraderie, survival and who really has control arise


    Writer: Shane Colwell (Ireland/UAE)


    Director: Shane Colwell


    Cast: Shane Colwell, Mario Silva (Ecuador), AnthonyForester-Bennett (UK)


     


    10.  Television Man


    "Today I have watched eleven hours of television. Tonight I will watch six more."  When enough is never enough, just how much television can one person watch?


    Writer: Alex Broun (Australia/UAE)


    Director: Mohamed Abid


    Cast: Mohamed Abid


7th & 8th Feb '20, 7:30 PM - Top 50 Week 3

  1. 1. ANSUNI (The Unheard)


    It’s a story of a night, which ends up with a mark for the world to see. As the world looks at the mark, the couple is forced to look within themselves and their relationship.


     


    Writer: Aseem Kaul (USA)


    ITC/Group: Udaan


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Soni Chhabra 


    Cast: Dee Gee (Rishi), Lavina (Keesha ), Soni (Mrs Sethi’s VO)


     


     


    2. KHUDA HAFIZ


    1947 the time of Indian independence, marred by the partition, ensuing riots and unprecedented bloodbath. Curfews and shoot-at-sight orders in force everywhere. Two strangers come face to face, divided by diversity, united by fear of impending death. What awaits their fate?


     


    Writer:  Samaresh Basu (India)


    Adapted by:  Pradipto Dutta (India/UAE)


    Language: Bengali


    Directors: Pradipto Dutta & Banashree Sengupta


    Cast: Pushan Sengupta (Gobindo), Souvik Goswami (Karim)


     


     


    3. BETWEEN THE LINES


    People of sexual determination live with dignity in many parts of the world, but alas their conditions are still very pathetic in third world countries. Watch the true story of  Laxmi who is a living legend.


     


    Writer:  Dr. Milind & Supriya Vinod (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Mahadwar Mumbai


    Language: Hindi


    Directors: Dr. Milind & Supriya Vinod


    Cast:  Apoorva Mehra, Dr. Milind Vinod, Nilesh Ghodke


     


     


    4.  UBUNGANE BEGINISO


    Childhood friends reunited in Dubai after 20 years. They are rekindling the memories from their childhood days in South Africa especially the joint 10th-year birthday celebration.


     


    Writer:  Busisiwe Innocentia Hadebe (South Africa/UAE) & Saskia Anna Martens (Germany/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Mzansi Abroad 


    Language: Zulu


    Directors: Busisiwe Hadebe & Saskia Martens


    Cast: Busisiwe Hadebe, Saskia Martens


     


     


    5. SAWAB KA RISHTA  (A Virtuous Connection)


    She’s out on a mission. There’s still some time left, so they must wait. He is out to stop her and to repent for a mistake done years ago. Does he know her enough? Will she be able to trust him?


     


    Writer: Hassan Manzar (Pakistan)


    ITC/Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Theatrewallas ensemble


    Cast: Svetlanna Meshra (Shah Jahan); Sunil Jasuja (Talat Jabeen); Nikhil Mittal (Mazdoor); Mandeep Walia (Mother); Rahul Taneja (Police Officer)


     


     


    6. VYATHA (Deep Agony)


    Vyatha portrays the pain and agony of Draupadi after finding her 5 sons and brothers been killed brutally by Aswathama. In that predicament, she blames Krishna for this barbaric act leading Krishna to curse Ashwathama to be an immortal miscreant.


     


    Writer: Mahua Chauhan (India/UAE)


    Group: Xpression Art


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Mahua Chauhan


    Cast: Tabassum Inamdar(Krishna), Mahua Chauhan(Draupadi)


     


     


    7. OFFICE SPOUSE


    The play highlights the dynamics of interpersonal relationships between the two colleagues of the opposite sex working together in an office. The ill-defined relationship so adapted and issues around it, are addressed in this play.


     


    Writer: Dr. Shailesh Upadhyay (India/UAE)


    ITC/ Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Dr. Shailesh Upadhyay


    Cast: Dushyant Barot (Panthak), Bhagyashree (Rozy), Pathik (Adam), Shrusti (Mrs. Tavde), Nilesh (Servant), Diganta, Ravi, Gaurang (Office Colleagues)


     


     


    8. MY LOLO


    Raj unwittingly finds herself drawn into the inner tight circle of elite societal matrons of her community. Will she make friends and find her place or be swept along for a ride.


     


    Writer: Shalini Handa (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Udaan


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Shalini Handa


    Cast: Soni Chhabra (Rajeswari ), Priyanka Porwal ( Suleka), Svvetlana  Mishra ( kamakshi), Shilpi Verma(Jaishree), KD ( Mahindroo)


     


    9. AZMA FIL ZAHMA (A Crisis in Traffic)


    When getting on the wrong bus, do we have to accelerate or hit the brakes?


     


    Writer: Nourah Almaiman (KSA/USA)


    ITC/Group: Nabratuha Productions


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Yasmien Mahmoud Ibrahim


    Cast: Karim Daniel (Saleem), Fady Rizkallah (Salem), Andrea D'Ettorre (Mr. Luigi), Amit V Ghosh (Mr. Anwar), Ash Uttam (Rizwan), Benjamin Samuel (Zia-ul-Haq) and Dr. Ahmad Almaiman (Big Boss).


     


     


    10. SPIRITS (أرواح )


    A psychiatrist tries to treat his patient, but he is surprised that the patient does not complain about mental illness, but he complains about the existence of spirits trying to control him. Can the doctor help his patient or fall together in the trap of souls


     


    Writer: Ahmed Abd El Hady (Egypt/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Tariq AbouZeid


    Cast: Ahmed Abd El Hady (Sherif), Nour El Hagrasy (Doctor), Noha Moustafa (Nousa), Mahmoud Basyoni (Shawki), Tayfor Zewail (Kazim Baih)


     


    11. MAIN NARAK SE BOL RAHA HOON


    A tale of societal injustices towards the poor and unprivileged, a tale of irony. Or is it a tale of inaction, and acceptance of one’s fate?


     


    Writer: Harishankar Parsai (India)


    ITC/Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Prakaash Soni


    Cast: Prakaash Soni


     


8th Feb '20, 3:30 PM - Wildcards Week 3

  1. 1. CIRCLE


    Three subjects discussion various group of people in their own perceptions


     


    Writer: Ajay Annur (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Al Quoz Theatre


    Language: Malayalam


    Director: Nagarjun Sakthi


    Cast:  Sheena Ajay (Journalist), Dinesh (Husband), Aabheri Ajay (Daughter)


    Divya (Wife), Midhun Ashok (Student), Sreeraj (Student), Jinesh (Student),


    Shamsudheen (Politician) Sudheesh (Observer), Jossy (Businessman)


     


    2. EVE TEASING REHAB


    The plot is about eve-teasing. How a girl faces an unfortunate situation of eve-teasing at the bust stop when she is alone and what is her next step to deal with the situation.


     


    Writer: Deepika Chawla (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Udaan


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Deepika Chawla


    Assistant Director: Soni Chhabra


    Cast: Svetlana Mishra (Meeta), Aditi Monga (Riha), Allinson Aranha (Vir),  Sayed Taifur (Iman), Aman Bhatia (Milan)


     


    3.  MUNNA BADA PYARA


    MUNNA BADA PYARA


    Munna, a sweet little boy, an orphan and his everlasting search for undiluted love, and what happens when he thinks he found love???


     


    Writer: Saibal Banerjee (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Udaan


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Saibal Banerjee


    Cast: Saibal Banerjee (Munna) , Soma Banerjee (Anu)


    Playback Singer: Nilanjana Deb


     


    4. LIFE IN BLACK


    Saber is an unhappy man in his life who suffered in his childhood from the violence of his father and in the older age suffered from everyone around him leading him to now make a very bad decision.  The question to do it or not?!


     


    Writer: Ahmed El Mohammadi (Egypt/UAE)


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Ahmed El Mohammadi


    Cast: Ahmed El Mohammadi


     


     


    5. STREE KA PATRA  (A Wife’s Letter)


    Mrinal, a young woman from a poor family, has been married into an aristocratic joint family of Calcutta. She, however, refuses to accept the system unquestioningly. Life takes a tragic turn and opts for freedom from the patriarchal society.


     


    Writer: Rabindranath Tagore (India)


    ITC/Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Theatrewallas Ensemble


    Cast: Subrata Singh (Mrinal)


     


    6.  TWO OF IT


    He decided to travel away from his country looking for a better place when his friend comes to tell him that no better place than homeland… is he going to travel or to stay?


     


    Writer: Ahmed Morgan (Egypt/UAE)


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Ahmed Morgan


    Cast: Ahmed Morgan, Mohamed Baker


     


    7. Online Shopping


    Young college student and an old Father have a hefty conversation about the process of online shopping


     


    Writer: Tanuj Khosla (Singapore)


    ITC/Group: Udaan Theatre 


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Saiqa Sayed


    Cast: Saif Khan (Chintu), Amit Ghosh (Father), Gabriela (Fiona)


     


     


    8. Maa/M


    A lesson of life taught by the teacher to a student. Raju- the student. Teacher- Finding the light in the soul of a hurt young boy. A Journey everyone can relate to. 


     


    Writer: Sayed Taifur (Dubai, UAE)


    ITC/Group: Udaan Theatre 


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Sayed Taifur


    Cast: Mansi Khanna (Teacher), Trijal Maharshi (Raju), Mohsin XEC(Older Raju), Saadia Pathan (Suparna), Kinza Sayed, Tanya Sayed, Falisha Sayed.


     


     


    9. MERA BAAP (My Father)


    Men fight, men kill, men rape, men escape. Women are left to bear the brunt of it all. Watch how Shermeen pays the price for her father’s ego in remote Pakhtunkhwa.


     


    Writer: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy & Ismail Gauhar (Pakistan)


    ITC/Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Theatrewallas ensemble


    Cast: Mandeep Walia (Shermeen)


     


     


    10. ZAHRA


    A child in a happy family enjoys her daily simple life. But in a world full of cruelty and oppression, there is no place for peace.

     


    Writer: Bassam Anwar (Egypt)


    Poem Adapted by Neve Tarek (Egypt)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Neven Tarek


    Cast:   Neven Tarek (Zahra), Yahia Abo Zaid (Younger brother), Ahmed Abdullah (Older brother), Mohamed AL Sawi (The father), Noor Al Hagrasy (soldier 1), Ahmed Abd el Hady (soldier 2), Sameh Wageh (Singer1), Nancy Mohamed (Singer 2)


     


14th & 15th Feb '20, 7:30 PM - Top 50 Week 4

  1. 1. THE MAN ON THE FLOOR


    A couple arrives at a London hotel for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wimbledon. A lost item, a ruthlessly efficient manageress, a hotel porter who can find anything, a disgruntled film star and an overly chirpy doctor conspire to ruin it.


    Writer: Neil Simon (USA)


    Director: Sarah Potter


    Cast: Mara Carpencu (Annie Ferris), Pranav Nasta (Mark Ferris), Ivana Vajman Jackson (Mrs Sitgood), Lauren Noble (Dr McMerlin), Amer Alsaleh (Porter)


     


    2. REALITY IS JUST AN ILLUSION


    She took a long winding route down the road of self-actualisation. And how she got there was a trip in itself.


    Writer: Somiya Mehta (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Somiya Mehta


    Cast: Somiya Mehta


     


    3. PUT ASUNDER


    A bride has a few loose ends to tie up before walking down the aisle: Is anyone ever sure about forever?


    Writer: James McLindon (USA)


    ITC/Group: Tall Tales Productions


    Director: Satyen Chandiramani


    Cast: Sarah Kay Gibson (Haley – Maid of Honor), Sara Byrne (Janet – Bride to be), Sawi Alex (Sawi), Alejandro Celli (Angelo), Akshay Gehi (Syd), Sid Abbas (Bob)


     


    4. DEAD END


    Religion in politics has always been divisive. But can it break the best of friendships?


    Writers: Chandni Varma, Ashwin Shenoy and Syed Abbas


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Chandni Varma


    Cast: Ashwin Shenoy (Arjun), Syed Abbas (Neil)


     


    5. DISPATCH


    An emergency dispatch centre in a major city in Canada.


    Writer: Andrew Cooper (Canada)


    ITC/Group: American School of Dubai (ASD)


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Marisa Dietsche, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Lily Walis (Operator), Amal Ramadan (Caller 1,4,7,10), Tia Khosla (Caller 2,5,8,11), Lyne Wakil (Caller 3,6,9)


     


    6. MEMENTO MORI


    It’s the late 1800s and a post Mortem photographer who has a mystical ability to reanimate the recently deceased is conflicted with a dark secret revealed to him by the corpse of a teenage girl.


    Writer: Jonathan Cook (USA)


    Director: Kripa Kotriwala


    Assistant Director: Nandini Bhattacharya


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Sam), Kripa Kotriwala (Tabitha), Sarah Potter (Carla)


     


    7. A DOLL’S HOUSE (A 10 minutes Version)


    Family comes first, but when it comes to law & ethics. Does family justify the means?


    Writer: Henrik Ibsen (Norway1828_1906)


    ICT/Group: Art Box Group


    Director: Noha Shahwan


    Cast: Noha Mostafa (Nora  Helmer) Aya Helmi (Christine Linden) Saeid Abdelhameed(Nils Krogstad) Mohamed ElSawi(Torvald Helmer)


     


    8. MAN UP!


    What's a man to do in a world where he's both the villian and the hero? Talk about it? Cry his heart out? Or just man up? Too many questions and no straight answers. What's a man got to do?


    Writer: Kelvinmary Ndukwe (Nigeria)


    Director: Chineme Prince


    Actor: Chineme Prince


     


    9. THE HOLD UP
    When a philosophy student ducks into a convenience store to spy on his girlfriend, he finds himself in the middle of a not so philosophical hold up.


    Writer: Greg Gould (Australia) 
    ITC/Group: StudioRepublik
    Director: The Company
    Cast: Tanvi Damani (Store Clerk), Walid Abla (Customer), Rik Aby (Robber)


     


    10. I’LL TELL YOU AT SUNRISE


    The kid is asking for help from the lady, she agrees, but not in the way the kid wants her to. A conversation between two people, dealing with a solution not recommended for every problem.


    Writer:  Frank Gonzalez (USA)


    ITC/Group: MacGyvers & Co.


    Director: MacGyvers Ensemble


    Cast: Aadi Patel (Kid), Aditi Nath (Lady)


     


    11. ON THE CROSS BRONX


    Kate is stuck in rush hour traffic on the Cross Bronx expressway, about to give birth. Police Officer Joe is the only one around to help her. And time is running out!


    Writer: Victoria Z. Daly (USA)


    Director: Satya Baskaran 


    Cast: Lydia Medeiros (Kate); Mario Silva (Joe)


     


15th Feb '20, 3:30 PM - Wildcards Week 4

  1. 1.  THE MONSTER


    There are monsters in every closet. What horrors hide in our bedrooms?


    Writer: Shanthanu Venugopal


    ITC/Group: And We Are


    Director: Shanthanu Venugopal


    Cast: Divyansha Agarwal (Jenna), Avantika Swaroop (Gwen), Shanthanu Venugopal (The Monster)


     


    2. THE BLACK WIDOW’S CLUB


    Three lonely women form a group to search for love, until the unexpected happens. 


     Writer: Kholoud Abdullah (UAE)


     ITC/Group:  Studio Republik


     Director: Rik Aby


     Cast: Diana Lisnevska (Rose), Natascia Colautti (Julie), kholoud Abdullah (Diana), Greg Lunn (Smith)


     


    3. A WORLD INVERTED


    Ever thought of how life would be if things were different? Specifically, when the man is put in the lady's shoes and gets to walk down the path of life, we get a glimpse into a different yet familiar world.


    Writer:  Sidrah Ashraf (Pakistan/UAE)
    Director: Sidrah Ashraf
    Cast: Sayed Taifur (The Guy)


     


    4. ALL AROUND THE WORLD


    How far would employees go to impress their boss?


    Writer: Niharika Ch. (India)


    ITC/Group: Heriot Watt Drama Club


    Director: Niharika Ch.


    Cast: Amit Dhawan (Manager), Anchala Prem (Nigerian), Saad Javed (German), Nikhil Tharak (South Indian), Niharika Ch. (Italian), Jawad Hamed (Lebanese).


     


    5. THE LUCKY FLUKE


    In this real life drama Sammy is holding herself up to her decision of saving her sister’s life against all odds. Will Sammy’s life changing decision truly change her world?


    Writer: Sharmin Patel (India/UAE)


    Director: Sharmin Patel


    Cast: Krishaa Patel (Sammy)


     


    6. AGE IS JUST A NUMBER


    Apparently age is an important factor in dating for women.  It seems women shouldn’t experiment and keep to men in their own age group. Who made the rules? Well Kathy is defying the rules and is having fun doing so!


    Writer:  Kellie Silver (Australia)


    ITC/Group: Xpression Art


    Director: Xpression Art Ensemble


    Cast: Tara Pillay (Kathy), Bretta Bangera (Hayley)


     


    7. FAMILY 2.0


    Have you ever met a family & wished you could have their life? Well, he was determined to get a new life, "Their Life" but will the grass actually be greener in his neighbor's lawn?


    Writer:  Walter Wykes (USA)


    ITC/Group: Emotive Productions


    Director: Ensamble 


    Cast: Baha Takiedoine (Husband), Rachel Kosbar (Wife), Sid Mohiuddin (New Husband), Ashleigh Sarah Adonis (Daughter), Hannah Emily Adonis (Daughter). 


     


    8. ONCE IN A SCHOOL DAY


    Yahya is a 9 years old boy had a long day at school & he started to tell his daddy what happened in detail which based on true story happens usually in schools


    Writer: Yahya Abouzeid (Egypt/UAE)


    ICT/Group: Art Box Group


    Director: Yahya Abouzeid


    Cast: Ahmed Ragab (father) Yahya Abouzeid (son)


     


    9. PROMETHEUS’ ILLUSIONS


    Pradyumna, an aspiring poet and a complete misfit in today’s society, rediscovers himself through a surrealistic Déjà Vu, when he comes across a stranger in a park! What if you come face to face with your


    Writer: Deepanjan Banerjee & Pradipto Dutta (India/UAE)


    Director: Pradipto Dutta & Deepanjan Banerjee 


    Cast: Karan Sharma (Pradyumna), Shilpi Dutta (Rukmini), Pradipto Dutta (The Old Man), Jhumsum Banerjee (Maya)


     


    10. TRAPPED

     


    Claire is having a crisis, but is it all in her mind, or even somebody else's mind.


    Writer: Barry Wood (UK)

    ITC/Group: StudioRepublik

    Director: Diana Lisnevska

    Cast:  Edwige Narby (Faye), Diana Lisnevska (Claire), John Buck (Zombie)


     


21st & 22nd Feb '20, 7:30 PM - Top 50 Week 5

  1. 1. ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA


    Sarah wasn’t invited to the party. But two visitors arrive to keep her company so things can only get better, right? 


    Writer: Julie Barnett (UK)


    ITC/Group: StudioRepublik


    Director: The Company


    Cast: John Buck (Facebook), Phillip Tachas (Twitter), Josie Campbell (Sarah)


     


    2. SAHAR AND ALI DO A PLAY


    What do you get when a homeless man with a hidden talent faces the opportunity of a lifetime? A chance to hear Ali Khalil's new hit single! Also, Sahar is in this.

     


    Writer: Ali Khalil  (US/Lebanon) & Sahar Ali (Ireland)


    Directors: Ali Khalil & Sahar Ali


    Cast: Ali Khalil and Sahar Ali 


     


    3. RONNY & JANE


    The laugh track. The clap track. All those classic sit-com tropes...with a little murder in the mix.


    Writer: Shanthanu Venugopal (India/UAE)
    ITC/Group: And We Are


    Director: Ensemble 
    Cast: Sarah Barros (Jane), Shanthanu Venugopal (Ronny), Christopher Kyle De Leon (Jacob), Avishek Ghatak (Kevin), Nichola Desilva (Rosanne), Divyansha Agarwal (Officer Magee)


     


    4. HEAVENLY BIRTH INSURANCE


    They say be careful what you wish for. What are you willing to give up to get the "Perfect Life" you have always dreamed of? Lilian got her perfect life but feels terrible, Why?


    Writer:  Bill Johnson (USA)


    ITC/Group: Emotive Productions


    Director: Nikhil Mittal 


    Cast: Zille Rehman (John), Shital Adesara Gusani (Lilian) 


     


    5. CHARMING CARMEN 


    He - JOSE - is struggling between his duty and his desire. When she -  CARMEN - is only seeking for her freedom.


    Writer: Mohamed El Sawi (Egypt/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Director:  Mohamed El Sawi


    Cast: Mahamed El Sawi (Jose), Noha Mostafa (Carmen)


     


    6. I’VE GOT A BUN


    “A hilarious play by a courageous artist for whom nothing is sacred. This masterpiece takes the audience on a wild ride during which everything people think they know is thrown back at them in what sounds like nonsense but soon strikes home as deftly-created social commentary.”


     


    Writer: Cary Pepper (USA)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Neha Kalvani


    Cast: Ahmed Syed (Mason), Paurav Shah (John), Neha Kalvani (Gloria)


     


    7. SLEEPOVER FROM HELL


    Making friends can be hard. When Amber's mom invites three different girls to her house for her 10th birthday party, the girls struggle to realize that in order to connect with each other, they have to focus on their similarities, not their differences.


    Writer: J.A Macabee (USA)


    Director: Farzana Palathingal


    Cast: Farzana Palathingal


     


    8. PEE BUDDIES


    Don has a very unique problem and only his buddy Glen can help him.


    Writer: Shane Murphy (Canada)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Akansha Goenka


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Don), Saif Khan (Glen), Xec Mohsin (Co-Worker)


     


    9. TWO ARAB TALES OF TOLERANCE


     “The Potato Bags” and the “Two Friends” are two traditional Arab Tales of Tolerance developed for our Nation’s 48th National Day.  Performed in Arabic and English.


    Writer:  Traditional Tale


    Developed by the ensemble


    ITC/Group: Raha International School Emirati Acting Ensemble


    Directors: Stephen Delano


    Cast: Wadima Al Ahbabi, Abdulla Al Hashimi, Abdulla Al Hosani, Fatema Al Hosani, Mansoor Al Tamimi, Mohamed Alhammadi, Khalid Almazrouei, Sarah Luqman


     


    10. ALMOST A SUPERHERO


    Rachel thinks she has acquired superpowers and confesses to her doctor. Now with “Almost great powers comes an almost great responsibility”


    Writer: Barry Wood (UK)
    Director: Aaqeel Shariff
    Cast: Marija Gregoric (Rachel), Rohit Menon (Dr. Farley)


22nd Feb '20, 3:30 PM - Wildcards Week 5

  1. 1. HUGO’S UNICORN

    The family trip turned upside down when Hugo notices a creature never seen before...everywhere he goes. 


    ITC/Group: Gems Modern Academy, Dubai
    Director: Ensemble
    Cast: Ridhh Negi (Hugo), Labeeb Zaheer Syed (Dad), Saesha Kapur (Mom), Jan Rose Elinjikkal (Unicorn)


     


    2. DESPAIR AIRLINES


    ‘Flight with passengers facing mental health issues. Can we ever land them ?’


    Writer: Safiya Aafreen  


    ITC/Group: BITS Pilani Dubai Campus (Paribhasha)


    Director: Zaid Ahmed Baig


    Cast: Zaid Baig, Abheek Chandrayan, Noorul Saifudeen, Safiya Aafreen, Chanchal Pyarelal Jat, Vaishanavi Harnoor


     


    3. ARTHUR 

    A story of a transgender from an upper-middle-class family in Mumbai. 


    Writer: Allinson Louis Aranha (India/UAE)
    Director: Allinson Louis Aranha 


    Cast: Allinson Louis Aranha


     


    4. SNOW WHITE 


    A 19th Century German fairytale of a princess who is exiled by her stepmother, an evil queen who wants to kill her. Terrified Snow-White runs into a forest. Soon, she is rescued by seven dwarfs who form a friendship with her.


    ITC/Group: Gems Modern Academy, Dubai
    Director: Ensemble
    Cast: Bani ( Evil Queen), Kamalika (Mirror), Varshita (Dwarf 3), Prayansh (Dwarf 1), Oscar (Prince), Vaani (Narrator), Aditi ( Dwarf 6), Abhay ( Dwarf 5), Saanvi (Snow-White), Adyan (Dwarf 2), Samaira (Dwarf 4), Virat (Dwarf 7), Keyashto (Huntsman)


     


    5. GROW UP INDIA!


    Straighten up, take a shower, get a job, commit to something, anything, and just get your act together!  Vikram Singh, a young life coach based overseas, tries to talk some sense into his mate, India.


    Writer: Karan Pandit (India)


    Adapted by Hamza Merchant


    Director: Hamza Merchant


    Cast: Hamza Merchant


     


    6. ONE MORE DAY


    She is back for one more day with him. Would she go back happy or regret the decision?


    Writer:  Cerise de Gelder (Australia)


    ITC/Group: Xpression Art


    Director: Ensemble


    Cast: Nida Shahzad (Sharon), Nithin Shenoy (Kevin), Meghna Gupta (Darleen)


     


    7. ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN


    Rebeca, a shy girl, comes for a first piano lesson to Dr. Goldenbaum, a little crazy teacher. Rebeca must "play" for Dr. Goldenbaum with no visible piano. Finally, even with no piano, Rebeca makes wonderful music with the help of the mad Doctor.


    Writer: David Ives (USA) 


    Director: Yanina Volovod


    Cast: Yanina Volovod (Dr. Goldenbaum), Maria Volovod Christodoulidou (Rebeca)


     


    8. I CONQUER, THEREFORE I AM


    Descartes once said, "I think, therefore I am." In a world where we are focused on being the best, the fastest, the tallest, the biggest - this play explores the humour and humility in the "I conquer, therefore I am" phenomenon


     


    Writer:  Zainab Mashoor (Sri Lanka/UAE)


    Director: Zainab Mashoor


    Cast: Nabeeha Zafar (Jamie), Nabil Mashoor (E)


     


    9. NO EXIT (A Scene)


    Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous existential work finds a group of characters stuck in a mysterious afterlife…


     


    Writer:  Jean-Paul Sartre (France)


    ITC/Group: Raha International School DP Theatre (Abu Dhab)


    Director: Daniel Colledge (DP Theatre student)


    Cast: Lucas Watson, Tamanna Khan, Susana Gomez


     


    10. THE FOUR HORSEMEN


    It’s the Annual General Meeting of the Four Horsemen and Death decides to quit. The story unfolds on how War, Famine and Pestilence deal with Death’s sudden decision. 


     


    Writer:  Nigel Palfreman (Australia)


    ITC/Group: MacGyvers & Co.


    Director: Joanna Sequeira


    Cast: Aditi Nath(Death), Joanna  Sequeira (Famine), Aradhita Basu (War), Saloni Mehta (Pestilence), Nandini Bhattacharya(Siobhan), Mira Shah (Debbie)


     


     


     


28th Feb '20, 3:30 & 7:30 PM - People's Choice Semi-Finals

  1.  


    1. ONLINE SHOPPING


    Young college student and an old Father have a hefty conversation about the process of online shopping


    Writer: Tanuj Khosla (Singapore)


    ITC/Group: Udaan Theatre 


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Saiqa Sayed


    Cast: Saif Khan (Chintu), Amit Ghosh (Father), Gabriela (Fiona)


     


    2. SNOW WHITE 


    A 19th Century German fairytale of a princess who is exiled by her stepmother, an evil queen who wants to kill her. Terrified Snow-White runs into a forest. Soon, she is rescued by seven dwarfs who form a friendship with her.


    ITC/Group: Gems Modern Academy, Dubai
    Director: Ensemble
    Cast: Bani ( Evil Queen), Kamalika (Mirror), Varshita (Dwarf 3), Prayansh (Dwarf 1), Oscar (Prince), Vaani (Narrator), Aditi ( Dwarf 6), Abhay ( Dwarf 5), Saanvi (Snow-White), Adyan (Dwarf 2), Samaira (Dwarf 4), Virat (Dwarf 7), Keyashto (Huntsman)


     


    3. PROMETHEUS’ ILLUSIONS


    Pradyumna, an aspiring poet and a complete misfit in today’s society, rediscovers himself through a surrealistic Déjà Vu, when he comes across a stranger in a park! What if you come face to face with your


    Writer: Deepanjan Banerjee & Pradipto Dutta (India/UAE)


    Director: Pradipto Dutta & Deepanjan Banerjee 


    Cast: Karan Sharma (Pradyumna), Shilpi Dutta (Rukmini), Pradipto Dutta (The Old Man), Jhumsum Banerjee (Maya)


     


    4. ON THE WAY TO MARS


    It’s a journey of 2 astronauts on their way to mars.


    Writer:  Unknown


    Director:  Ensemble


    Cast: Varnika Goenka and Advika Goenka


     


    5. RAW


    When Sam, a strong-minded urologist, refuses to give a family friend “The Snip,” Sam’s wife Grace tries to convince Sam to apologize. But their family dinner spirals out of control, catching ten-year-old son Alan in the crossfire.


    Writer: Victoria Z. Daly (USA)


    Directors Name: Lydia Medeiros


    Cast: Amit Ghosh (Sam), Lydia Medeiros (Grace), Yasseen Ashri (Alan)


     


    6. PUT ASUNDER


    A bride has a few loose ends to tie up before walking down the aisle: Is anyone ever sure about forever?


    Writer: James McLindon (USA)


    ITC/Group: Tall Tales Productions


    Director: Satyen Chandiramani


    Cast: Sarah Kay Gibson (Haley – Maid of Honor), Sara Byrne (Janet – Bride to be), Sawi Alex (Sawi), Alejandro Celli (Angelo), Akshay Gehi (Syd), Sid Abbas (Bob)


     


    7. KHUDA HAFIZ


    1947 the time of Indian independence, marred by the partition, ensuing riots and unprecedented bloodbath. Curfews and shoot-at-sight orders in force everywhere. Two strangers come face to face, divided by diversity, united by fear of impending death. What awaits their fate?


    Writer:  Samaresh Basu (India)


    Adapted by:  Pradipto Dutta (India/UAE)


    Language: Bengali


    Directors: Pradipto Dutta & Banashree Sengupta


    Cast: Pushan Sengupta (Gobindo), Souvik Goswami (Karim)


     


    8. PEE BUDDIES


    Don has a very unique problem and only his buddy Glen can help him.


    Writer: Shane Murphy (Canada)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Akansha Goenka


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Don), Saif Khan (Glen), Xec Mohsin (Co-Worker)


     


    9. A BREXITEER, A MIGRANT & A GUN


    A Brexiteer, A Migrant and A Gun.  A Brexiteer and a Migrant are chained to a table as they await a deadline. The answer to the question “Which side are you?” may not be as apparent as first thought as questions of class, camaraderie, survival and who really has control arise


    Writer: Shane Colwell (Ireland/UAE)


    Director: Shane Colwell


    Cast: Shane Colwell, Mario Silva (Ecuador), Greg Lunn


     


    10. ROSEMARY


    Dan is looking for a house. He finds one which seems more like home. Will he discover why this house seems so familiar? or discover more about the people around him?


    Writer: Madhurima Ray (India/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Tall Tales Production


    Cast: Meghana Mundkur (Mary), Hussain Hadi (Robert), Muf Goulamhoussen (Dan)


29th Feb '20, 3:30 & 7:30 PM- Judge's Choice Semi-Finals

  1.  


    1. ROMANCE


    This lighthearted comedy throws a spotlight on online dating and the not-so-subtle realities of having to meet face-to-face.  


    Writers: Martinez & Srour (France)


    ITC/Group: Banana Drama


    Director: Justin de Casterle


    Cast: Jihane Tehini (Julie), Patrick Albrecht (Frank)


     


    2. MAN IS BLACK


    The story is based on the black man’s life and identity that has been lost in the wind of slavery, racisms and Coding of people based on appearances and tag with labels that undermined the humanity within him.


    Writer:  Xolisile W. Dolo


    ITC/Group Name: Mzansi Abroad


    Director: Xolisile W. Dolo


    Cast: Xolisile W. Dolo


     


    3. ROLL OVER, BEETHOVEN


    Rebeca, a shy girl, comes for a first piano lesson to Dr. Goldenbaum, a little crazy teacher. Rebeca must "play" for Dr. Goldenbaum with no visible piano. Finally, even with no piano, Rebeca makes wonderful music with the help of the mad Doctor.


    Writer: David Ives (USA) 


    Director: Yanina Volovod


    Cast: Yanina Volovod (Dr. Goldenbaum), Maria Volovod Christodoulidou (Rebeca)


     


    4. MERA BAAP (My Father)


    Men fight, men kill, men rape, men escape. Women are left to bear the brunt of it all. Watch how Shermeen pays the price for her father’s ego in remote Pakhtunkhwa.


    Writer: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy & Ismail Gauhar (Pakistan)


    ITC/Group: Theatrewallas


    Language: Hindi


    Director: Theatrewallas ensemble


    Cast: Mandeep Walia (Shermeen)


     


    5. IS THAT OKAY?


    An actress with dreams of success struggles to navigate through the darker side of show business.


    Writer:  Arzoo Malhotra (USA/UAE)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Ensemble direction


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Unnamed/ The Actress/She)


     


    6. TWO EGGS


    While getting ready for a date, a woman has to contend with a pesky neighbor with a major personality disorder.


    Writer: Stephen Bittrich (USA)


    Directors: Gemma Jones, Marisa Dietsche, Phil Ridley


    Cast: Dorian Crone (Jane), Archie Sergeant (Kiss Ass Skip), Joon Cha (Depressed Skip), Cameron Stewart (Misogynist Cave Man Skip), Carl Myers (Barry White Skip)


     


    7. I’LL TELL YOU AT SUNRISE


    The kid is asking for help from the lady, she agrees, but not in the way the kid wants her to. A conversation between two people, dealing with a solution not recommended for every problem.


    Writer:  Frank Gonzalez (USA)


    ITC/Group: MacGyvers & Co.


    Director: MacGyvers Ensemble


    Cast: Aadi Patel (Kid), Aditi Nath (Lady)


     


    8. SPIRITS (أرواح )


    A psychiatrist tries to treat his patient, but he is surprised that the patient does not complain about mental illness, but he complains about the existence of spirits trying to control him. Can the doctor help his patient or fall together in the trap of souls


    Writer: Ahmed Abd El Hady (Egypt/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Language: Arabic


    Director: Tariq AbouZeid


    Cast: Ahmed Abd El Hady (Sherif), Nour El Hagrasy (Doctor), Noha Moustafa (Nousa), Mahmoud Basyoni (Shawki), Tayfor Zewail (Kazim Baih)


     


    9. TRAPPED


    Claire is having a crisis but is it all in her mind, or even somebody else's mind.


    Writer: Barry Wood (UK)

    ITC/Group: StudioRepublik

    Director: Diana Lisnevska

    Cast:  Edwige Narby (Faye),Diana Lisnevska (Claire), John Buck (Zombie)


     


    10. I’VE GOT A BUN


    “A hilarious play by a courageous artist for whom nothing is sacred. This masterpiece takes the audience on a wild ride during which everything people think they know is thrown back at them in what sounds like nonsense but soon strikes home as deftly-created social commentary.”


    Writer: Cary Pepper (USA)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Neha Kalvani


    Cast: Ahmed Syed (Mason), Paurav Shah (John), Neha Kalvani (Gloria)


     


5th, 6th & 7th March '20, 7:30 PM - Gala Finals

  1. 1. VYATHA (Deep Agony - Hindi)


    Vyatha portrays the pain and agony of Draupadi after finding her 5 sons and brothers been killed brutally by Aswathama. In that predicament, she blames Krishna for this barbaric act leading Krishna to curse Ashwathama to be an immortal miscreant.


    Writer: Mahua Chauhan (India/UAE)


    Group: Xpression Art


    Director: Mahua Chauhan


    Cast: Tabassum Inamdar (Krishna), Mahua Chauhan (Draupadi)


     


    2. MAN IS BLACK


    The story is based on the black man’s life and identity that has been lost in the wind of slavery, racisms and Coding of people based on appearances and tag with labels that undermined the humanity within him.


    Writer:  Xolisile W. Dolo (South Africa/UAE)


    ITC/Group Name: Mzansi Abroad


    Director: Xolisile W. Dolo


    Cast: Xolisile W. Dolo


     


     


    3. I WANT TO SLEEP


    After a long working day, Karen is trying to sleep. Will her thoughts let her sleep?


    Writer: Mahmoud Basyoni (Egypt/UAE)


    ITC/Group: Art Box Group


    Director: Mahmoud Basyoni


    Cast:  Neven Tareq (Karen), Ahmed Abdullah (Overthinking), Ahmed Abd El Hady (Negative Thoughts), Mohamed Kayed (Depression), Hassan Mohamed (Sleep)


     


    4. KHUDA HAFIZ (Bengali)


    1947 the time of Indian independence, marred by the partition, ensuing riots and unprecedented bloodbath. Curfews and shoot-at-sight orders in force everywhere. Two strangers come face to face, divided by diversity, united by fear of impending death. What awaits their fate?


    Writer:  Samaresh Basu (India)


    Adapted by:  Pradipto Dutta (India/UAE)


    Directors: Pradipto Dutta & Banashree Sengupta


    Cast: Pushan Sengupta (Gobindo), Souvik Goswami (Karim)


     


     


    5. SLEEPOVER FROM HELL


    Making friends can be hard. When Amber's mom invites three different girls to her house for her 10th birthday party, the girls struggle to realize that in order to connect with each other, they have to focus on their similarities, not their differences.


    Writer: J.A Macabee (USA)


    Director: Farzana Palathingal


    Cast: Farzana Palathingal


     


    6. RAW


    When Sam, a strong-minded urologist, refuses to give a family friend “The Snip,” Sam’s wife Grace tries to convince Sam to apologize. But their family dinner spirals out of control, catching ten-year-old son Alan in the crossfire.


    Writer: Victoria Z. Daly (USA)


    Director: Lydia Medeiros


    Cast: Amit Ghosh (Sam), Lydia Medeiros (Grace), Yasseen Ashri (Alan)


     


    7. IS THAT OKAY?


    An actress with dreams of success struggles to navigate through the darker side of show business.


    Writer:  Arzoo Malhotra (USA/UAE)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Ensemble direction


    Cast: Monica Chatterjee (Unnamed/ The Actress/She)


     


     


    8. ROMANCE


    This lighthearted comedy throws a spotlight on online dating and the not-so-subtle realities of having to meet face-to-face.  


    Writers: Martinez & Srour (France)


    ITC/Group: Banana Drama


    Director: Justin de Casterle


    Cast: Jihane Tehini (Julie), Patrick Albrecht (Frank)


     


     


    9. PUT ASUNDER


    A bride has a few loose ends to tie up before walking down the aisle: Is anyone ever sure about forever?


    Writer: James McLindon (USA)


    ITC/Group: Tall Tales Productions


    Director: Satyen Chandiramani


    Cast: Sarah Kay Gibson (Haley – Maid of Honor), Sara Byrne (Janet – Bride to be), Sawi Alex (Sawi), Alejandro Celli (Angelo), Akshay Gehi (Syd), Sid Abbas (Bob)


     


     


    10. THIS IS SHE


    A snippet of an original creative verbatim piece, based on the true stories of women from around the world.


    Writer:  Vicki Galloway-Place (UK/UAE)


    Director: Vicki Galloway-Place


    Cast: Actors Name (Character) Leanne Cardill (Tilly 1, Acceptance), Genette Harrison (Tilly 3, A True Welsh Love Story), Jenny Moffat (Tilly 2, Iffluvious) 


     


     


    11. ON THE CROSS BRONX


    Kate is stuck in rush hour traffic on the Cross Bronx expressway, about to give birth. Police Officer Joe is the only one around to help her. And time is running out!


    Writer: Victoria Z. Daly (USA)


    Director: Satya Baskaran 


    Cast: Lydia Medeiros (Kate); Mario Silva (Joe)


     


     


    12. PEE BUDDIES


    Don has a very unique problem and only his buddy Glen can help him.


    Writer: Shane Murphy (Canada)


    ITC/Group: H72 Productions


    Director: Akansha Goenka


    Cast: Ziyad Bangara (Don), Saif Khan (Glen), Xec Mohsin (Co-Worker)