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Play: Kanch Ke Khilone (Hindi)

Playwright: Tennessee Williams

Design & Direction: S.M. Azhar Alam

1ST PERFORMANCE IN 2002 IN SISIR MANCH, KOLKATA AT 6:30 PM

ABOUT THE PLAY

A play that cut across boundaries of time and space, offering us tragic insights into our own lives. It shows us how we persist in our efforts to escape from the pressures of the real world, clinging on to our futile hopes that are inevitably extinguished in the end. A collection of ornaments and toy animals, transparent glass – the glass menagerie. The play written by Tennessee Williams is yet another play about fragile world of dreams that we live in far away from the torments of reality. It is what he calls – a memory play! Slices of life frozens in moment and relived without the boundaries of past, present and future!

The story revolves around a family of a mother Amenda Wingfield and her son and daughter. For a husband she has a huge picture of a man who worked for a telephone company and “fell in love with a long distance”.

The son Tom Wingfield is a poet, a dreamer, and a movie- buff who is forced to work at a shoe factory to run the living. Daughter Laura Wingfield of evanescent beauty lives in her world of glass ornament because her crippled leg and extremely shy personality inhibits her from relating to the outside world.

Mother wishes to organize a gentleman – Caller, who could be the right hope for life! Of course the gentleman caller is what symbolize a hope – that something wonderful will happen and then the shattering of a unicorn who is left without its unique horn.

Press Reviews:

“…….. Little Thespian has done a good job to bring Williams’ play to us, and one can go and watch this production.” The Times of India, Friday 14th June 2002

“The presentation of the play by the director is excellent and once again he has proved that he is a director par excellence.” Weekly ‘Jansansar’ 1st -15th May 2002

“The deceptive simplicity of this modern classic often defeats even accomplished directors they present it naturalistically at the expense of Williams’ characteristic heightened realism, which illuminates wishes, dreams, symbols and internal life rather than external reality. Director S.M. Azhar Alam does not fall into this trap, but neglects the frame commentary and projected captions……….Williams wanted us to think, not cry. The performances are capable……” The Telegraph, Kolkata, Friday 18th October, 2002