American Center invites Abhinet to stage play
One of Chandigarh’s oldest theatre groups, Abhinet, has been invited by the American Center to stage two shows of its latest production - the Hindi version of Edward Albee’s famous “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. The productions will be taken to New Delhi.
The play, directed by Prof Harish Bhatia, former professor of civil engineering at Punjab Engineering College and founder-member and current president of Abhinet, will be staged at the American Center and the India Habitat Center on September 3 and 4, respectively.
“This is the first time that any theatre group in the country has been invited by the American Center. This is a singular honour for our group and we are very proud of it,” said a beaming Professor Bhatia while sharing the news with the press today.
A hugely successful and well-constructed play, Abhinet’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was a smashing hit with the Chandigarh audience when it was staged at Tagore Theatre in December last year. The show received rave reviews in the local press, besides of course enchanting the viewers with the superb quality of translation and adaptation from English.
Professor Bhatia’s team, comprising four actors and six production members, has again been sweating it out at the rehearsals for the past three months. The rehearsals have been going on at Jodh gallery in Sector 11, another exciting space created for lovers of various forms of art.
No wonder Professor Bhatia extended his thanks to Professor Jodh who has created just the right ambience for art activities. As for the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, it was first performed in New York City in 1962 and in London in 1964.
At that time, it both shocked and pleased audiences with its bold and harrowing portrayal of married life marred by time, circumstances and base human nature. The play was revived in the early 80s and has since been translated and produced in many languages worldwide.
Abhinet’s production represents the first translation and production of the play in Hindi,” informed assistant director Simar Onkar.
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