Khela Natya Sansthan


Synopsis Of The Play:

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie’s father is dead; she is epileptic and unemployable, her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne’er-do-well; her last two jobs failed and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father’s service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.

About the Playwright (Original):


Marsha Norman is an American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. She received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play ‘night, Mother. She is co-chair of the playwriting department at The Juilliard School. Other plays that Norman has written include Traveler in the Dark (1984), Sarah and Abraham (1988), and D. Boone (1992). She has also written the book and lyrics for two musicals, the children’s production The Secret Garden (1991), and The Red Shoes (1993). In 1987 Norman published her first novel, The Fortune Teller. She also authored two teleplays, In Trouble at Fifteen (1980) and Face of a Stranger (1991). Norman received the American Theatre Critics Association award for the best play produced in regional theatre in 1977-78 for Getting Out.

About the Playwright (Adaptation):

Mohan Maharishi

Mohan Maharishi (born: January 30, 1940) has held important positions like cultural advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Director, National School of Drama, Professor and Head of the Department, Indian Theatre, University of Panjab, member of the academic council, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean of University Instructions, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Member and Vice Chairman of the NSD Society and Chair Professor of the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts. Maharishi is most known for writing, designing and directing revolutionary plays such asEinstein, Viddyottama, Raja Ki Rasoi, Dear Bapu and Mein Istanbul Hoon.His most memorable productions are Suno Janmejay (1964), Shuturmurg (1965), Evam Indrajit (1967), Ashadh Ka ek din (1968), Andh Yug (1975), Rani Jindan (1981), Joseph ka Muquddama (1987), Einstein (1994), Raja ki Rasoi (1998), Deewar mein ek khidki rahati thi ( 2001), Othello (2005), Vidyottama (2006), Dear Bapu (2006], and Main Istambul Hoon (2008) He was awarded Girish Ghosh Award for Best Direction and best All round student by National School of Drama, best Director by Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi and best Theatre Person by Nandikaar, Kolkata. 1996.In 1993 he was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India and in 2006 he was honoured Professor Emeritus by Panjab University.

Director’s Note:

Namrata Sharma - Director of Khela Natya Sansthan

Namrata Sharma Jape – Director of Khela Natya Sansthan

This play was an unusual and tough choice owing to the blunt realism and tragic end but the honest statement and social relevance attracted me to infuse life into this taut drama. The major challenges were to keep it crisp and fresh in spite of the disturbing subject and also highlight the light moments laced with dark humor. This play is about life in our day and about the dearth or existence of meaning in it. The existential issues are handled differently by Mama and Jessie and are ruthlessly held responsible in the course of action. Jessie says no to hope but is there really no hope at all… hope is there and it lies in understanding. The play forces the audience to think with a fresh perspective about life, love, relationships and responsibility. It was a great experience both as a director and as an actor. I genuinely wish that this play reaches as many viewers as possible.



Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Ho Rahega Kuch Na Kuch

Renovation of Jawahar Kala Kendra

Renovation of Jawahar Kala Kendra

A Short Introductory Video: 


4th Show: 16th January 2015 in TFT Festival, Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector -16,Chandigarh – (Click here for Media Coverage)

3rd Show: 5-October-2015 in Jairangam Fest , Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur  (Click here for Media Coverage)

2nd Show: 24-July-2015 in Friday Theatre , Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (Click here for Media Coverage)

1st Show: 12-July-2015 in Swarnkar Auditorium, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital-Sitapura, Jaipur. (Click here for Media Coverage)




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