Monday, June 15, 2009

My Theatrical Debut

A few months ago I got an sms which read “Audition for an English play – Dreamsellers. if you are interested please drop in at so-and-so place on so-and-so date”. I was intrigued to no end. Was it fraud? Where have we reached with mobile technology? It was one of those days where in was in mood for the not-so-ordinary (actually I always am!). So I called up to find out what exactly the deal was. A gentleman picked up who was himself a banker (there’s 1 point) and was directing the play and putting up a show with non actors. It was a comedy play. Me playing funny? I liked that (1 more point). Well then I googled this dude. Seems like he did have a few shows to his credit and been into this thing for quite sometime now (1 more point).

But I thought nah… Play? Theatre? Me? But on the day of audition I decided in the evening to just go and have some fun at the audition. Will I ever get a chance to do something so crazy? Can the comedienne in me do it? Can I be Rachel (me - a Friends Maniac)? may be.. lets just see… Well the audition went extraordinarily well. I was too thrilled. And I was in. I was in for Dreamsellers!!

My role? I am this young consultant who has a secret crush (which I make public and not subtly either) on her supposedly married boss who is also sleeping with his secretary. And my client has a crush on me. So there are big misunderstandings, hiding in boss’ closet and getting caught and suchlike events. My director told me I was playing the smart lady in the play. But my character turns down a job with a package of Rs.5crs per annum (FIVE CRORES!!!). So I am thinking, not so smart!

Play was on 31st May. And the days leading up to it have been an experience in itself. Met some really nice people. Mostly different people! Different from people I am used to. I am getting regular sms for “auditions” now. I guess I am out there in the “theatre circle” now!! :P

Below are some picture from the play. Don’t I look like Rachel? Oh I knew you would say yes. Thank you thank you!


  1. Its ironic that the play was called dreamsellers.. and you seem to have realised your dream.. Another interesting note for my book-in-the-making "The celebratisation of Anju" :-))

  2. :) I envy you on this one... Really lucky to be among such a group and to be doing something other than the mundane that most of us are used to nowadays.

    Keep it up...

    And you have two tags from my side, visit my blog to know more... :)

  3. HAIL FRIENDS!!!!!!! that was quite a reference made to Rachel there.. the NOT SO SMART part was funny.. congrats on the debut :-)

  4. "The worst thing one can do is not to try; to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it; to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized; never knowing"

    -David Viscott