An Evening of Theatre… June, 2007
Our first offering to the public eye was a showcase of two one-act plays, ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Mind Matters’. One was the strange story of a girl shot in the stomach, seeking help from a maimed man and the other, a still stranger play about a psychiatrist and her way with her patients.
Where is my Baby? April, 2008
In March 2008, OQ members collaborated with city-based NGO Tamanna to raise awareness about the highly prevalent practice of female foeticide and raise funds for the education of the girl-child. ‘Where is my Baby?’ looked at the problem of pre-natal sex-determination through the prism of class, gender and society and managed to generate laughs as well as tears from a diverse audience.
All that remains… November, 2008
This was our first full-length venture as well as our very first play dealing with the supernatural. It was a story of a family that has been living in an ancient house for generations but is now facing problems that cannot be explained away. With a twelve member cast, the play was staged at Nehru Memorial as a fundraiser for Sahara AALHAD, Tamanna and the Steria India Foundation.
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot March, 2009
This was one of the toughest scripts OQ has ever tackled, a story where literally ‘nothing happens, no one comes, no one goes.’ Written by the enigmatic Samuel Beckett, this play has boggled the minds of generations and is considered the high-point of the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ movement. ‘Waiting for Godot’ was staged in English for the first time ever in Pune by OQ.
Vodka, June, 2009
Three stories, three directors, one stage – through the metaphor of a most popular drink, ‘Vodka’ was an exposition of contemporary drama that takes a twisted look at people and their modern lives.
Each of the three stories gave a unique insight in to the world as we see it today, whether it was the hidden life of an over-worked husband and his lonely wife or the buried past of two sisters or even dark secrets that fill the dreary minefields of the mind. The three plays were woven together with a quirky narrative that both made fun of and carefully critiqued our life and times through the drama on stage.
Sam Shepard’sGeography of a Horse Dreamer, April, 2010
Written by Sam Sheppard, this play talks about the inner world and insecurities of the artistic mind through the metaphor of Cody, a young man who dreams winners for horse races. His ability gets him unwanted attention he suddenly finds himself at the mercy of mobsters who will stop at nothing to gain from his gift.
Sapphire Butterfly Blue, December, 2009 & June, 2010
OQ staged the play, ‘Sapphire Butterfly Blue’ for the first time at the international theatre festival, ‘Zehen’, organized by the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication. The second time, the production was hosted by High Spirits, one of the most upcoming restaurants in the Pune. Written by Melissa Major, the play is a visual and auditory explosion of moments around the Salem Witch Trials that rocked Salem County, Massachusetts in 1692. Our effort was to juxtapose the witch trials to the modern-day witch burnings and tortures that occur in Bihar and Jharkhand. With actors between thirteen and seventeen years of age and this play combined music, visuals from the witch trials in Jharkhand, choral speech, multiplay and physical theatre to create a truly surreal experience.
Toba Tek Singh, April, 2011
Based on the stories of Urdu genius Saadat Hasan Manto, Toba Tek Singh is an experimental satire based on the Indo-Pak Partition. Based in an asylum, the play examines the absurdity of separating people from their land and heritage and thrusting up on them a foreign identity. With dialogues in English, Urdu and Punjabi, the play attempts to expose attitudes that ignored the signs of danger in the post-Partition period and perhaps continue to do so today.