The Prithvi Theatre Festival is back and like every year, it comes with its share of local as well as international artistes, writers and riveting content up for viewership. While the culture of live performances and scintillating drama set right in front of you is a craft served up rarer and rarer these days—there is no doubt that watching a piece of performance art needs to be a recreation introduced right back into all our lives. So, whether you want to make a date out of it or go with a close friend or two – take your pick! BeBEAUTIFUL brings you what’s hot at Prithvi this weekend. Read through our summaries and go pick up your tickets!
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November 13, 2014 @ 6PM & 9 PM: Akvarious Production’s Faith Healer

A modern classic, Brian Freil’s Faith Healer (1979) is a masterpiece amongst his body of work. The play relates the tale of Francis Hardy, an itinerant faith healer, who for years travelled in remote country-sides attempting sometimes successfully to cure the sick and suffering. But as well as telling his own story in the opening and closing monologues, we also hear from Frank's long-suffering mistress, Grace, whom he often treated cruelly, and from his devotedly loyal manager, Teddy, who toured with them in a battered van and loved them both deeply, try though he does try to deny it. By turns funny, profound, spiritual and deeply moving, Faith Healer is above all a triumph of the sheer power of story-telling.

Actors: Ahlam Khan Karachiwala, Akash Khurana, Siddharth Kumar

Director: Akarsh Khurana

Writer: Brian Freil

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November 14, 2014 @ 6PM & 9 PM: Rangbaaz Production’s Pitras Ka Ras

Syed Pitras is caught in the web of marriage: an arrangement he believes is like being in jail; wherein his nagging wife Roshan Ara, plays the role of the jailor. Whereas in reality, Roshan Ara is a social woman and sympathises with even the small-time thieves and petty criminals in the town but hates the friends of her husband as she believes that all his bad habits are an influence of theirs. Syed Saahab, when away from his wife, is a happy-go-lucky man, a man full of joie-de-vivre, he is a kind Samaritan, a do-gooder, who is always ready to help others, but since his wife has started disliking his friends he always looks for an opportunity to escape from her and the shackles of his household duties to spend some fun time with his friends instead.

Actors: Pawan Uttam, Muzzammil Kureshi, Nishi Doshi, Nisha Dhar, Nitin Bhardwaj, Gagandeep Singh Riar, Imran Rasheed, Ravi Goswami, Harpreet Singh, Saria Iqbal, Farrukh Syer, Lokesh Rai, Swapnil Shrirao, Narottam Bain and Idraq Hashmat

Director: Imran Rasheed

Writer: Pittras Bukhari

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November 15, 2014 @ 6PM & 9 PM: Ekjute’s Roshni Kii Sadaa (Kiske Roke Ruka Savera)

'Roshni kii Sadaa' is a story of three women. These are expressions of three women belonging to different classes, backgrounds, ages and sensibilities. The first woman - Samman, is a 17-year-old girl, who is from a town called Sataara in Maharashtra. She is academically brilliant. She comes to Mumbai, but with her baggage of complexes and a hijaab.

The second woman is called Sayaara. She belongs to the richest and the poshest class of Mumbai, who appear to be progressive and modern in their lives, but at the slightest provocation, a deep-rooted orthodox mentality is reflected.

The third woman is called Saleema. Actually from Bihar, but settled in Mumbai. She appears to be an ordinary, middle-aged housewife, but fiercely attacks the police constable when her family appears to be in danger. She is not an intellectual, but in a very instinctive way protects a woman's identity in India.

Actors: Rhiya Yadav, Juhi Babbar Soni and Nadira Zaheer Babbar

Director: Nadira Zaheer Babbar and Juhi Babbar Soni

Writer: Nadira Zaheer Babbar

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November 16, 2014 @ 11 AM: Sunday Acoustic Jam – True School of Music

Spend a Sunday morning enjoying an acoustic musical performance by the students and faculty of the True School of Music, Mumbai.

Concept and Design: Ashu Phatak

Image Courtesy: Prithvi Theatre (www.prithvitheatre.org)