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India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI BUZZ - MUM­BAI By As­mita Bak­shi

As it re­turns for its third edi­tion, the Na­tional Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts’s (NCPA) fes­ti­val, Cen­trestage, is all set to show­case 18 brand new plays this month. The fes­ti­val will also pro­vide a plat­form to up­com­ing artists and com­pa­nies from all over the world. There will also be a lot of orig­i­nal con­tent that in­cludes adap­ta­tions care­fully se­lected over a year. SIM­PLY spoke to Deepa Gahlot, Pro­gram­ming Head, The­atre and Film at NCPA about what to ex­pect this year. Q. What is the se­lec­tion process for pro­duc­tions be­ing staged? A. We get a lot of pro­pos­als from all over the coun­try and abroad to fea­ture in the fes­ti­val. The idea is to se­lect the most in­ter­est­ing ones, al­ways keep­ing va­ri­ety and diver­sity in mind. Q. There seems to be a num­ber of orig­i­nal scripts in the line up this year. Has this been a con­scious de­ci­sion? Do you see more origi- nal works tak­ing over the the­atre scene? A. There is al­ways a mix of orig­i­nal plays and clas­sics of mul­ti­ple gen­res—com­edy, ro­mance, so­cial, and this time, even horror. There are def­i­nitely more orig­i­nal plays be­ing writ­ten in English be­cause there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties and venues for per­form­ing. Tra­di­tional venues as well as off­beat lo­ca­tions, like cafés, art gal­leries and even peo­ple's homes, are favourites now. Mum­bai, fol­lowed by Pune, Ban­ga­lore and Delhi, are the places from where the most ex­cit­ing and orig­i­nal work is com­ing. Q. What else can we ex­pect from the fes­ti­val this year? A. As al­ways, an in­vig­o­rat­ing se­lec­tion of plays for ev­ery age and taste. And a workshop on com­me­dia dell'arte (form of the­atre where ac­tors wear masks). We have work­shops ev­ery year. Q. What are your top five picks for this edi­tion of Cen­trestage? A. I wouldn't like to pick just five, be­cause it would be very un­fair to the oth­ers. Cen­trestage 2013 is on from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 8. Tick­ets are avail­able on book­myshow.com and at the NCPA box of­fice.

ROPE, FEA­TUR­ING IN CEN­TRESTAGE, IS AN ADAP­TA­TION OF PA­TRICK HAMIL­TON’S NERVE-STRETCH­ING THRILLER

DEEPA GAHLOT

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