HYDERABAD: Last Wish
A Samahaara Workshop Production presents Last Wish Baby, an adaptation of William Seebring’s play The Original Last Wish Baby. Directed by Ratna Shekar Reddy, the play will be staged on February 14 at Golden Threshold, Nampally.
The Last Wish Baby is a satire which explores the lunacy that surrounds any media-driven issue today. The play begins with the birth of a baby without a heart, yet miraculously alive.The media of the entire country goes into a frenzy covering this new piece of sensational news. A medical marvel turns into a media saga of the infant’s journey now known as The Last Wish Baby. Everyone uses this news for their own ends. However, the heart is found, a separate woman having given birth to it. A clash between the mothers, another media circus.
Main Rahi Masoom
A 70-minute monologue in Hindustani on the life and times of the late Rahi Masoom Raza, enacted by Vinay Varma and directed by Bhaskar Shewalkar at Lamakaan on February 21 and 22. The play is a biographical sketch of the famous Hindi and Urdu writer, the Late Rahi Masoom Raza. The script is compiled by Sutradhar from a 519-page Hindi journal
called Abhinav Kadam dedicated exclusively to the memory of Rahi on his 75th birthday, and various sources from the internet. Inputs from his son Nadeem Khan and his wife Mrs. Nayyar Jahan helped us recreate the personality of Masoom, as she fondly remembers him. This 70-minute poignant monologue shows how Rahi detested communal and vote-bank politics, and how he fought against the divisive forces in the country through his writings. He was a strong nationalist and a Muslim next who staunchly opposed pseudo-secularism. He was upfront against the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide. He was brutally honest regarding politics of hatred, and felt that the interest of communal elements among both Hindus and Muslims lies in keeping the two communities aloof from each other and to create distrust among them.
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