Marappachi’s Siripputhaan Varudhu- One can only laugh
February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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சிரிப்புதான் வருது- Siripputhaan Varudhu ‘One can only laugh’ is a play that brings together the multiple realities that are overwhelming all of us in the times we are living through. It speaks of the threat to democratic protest; the utter disregard for human life – especially of those from marginalised sections of society, be it migrant workers in India or black folks everywhere. It speaks of the continuing realities of sexual violence, the overemphasis on existing normative structures of society such as the family as the only way to be ‘safe’ during this pandemic and how that is claustrophobic for all those who spill outside of the normative. All these stories are presented with a poem presented by Maya Angelou. She adapted Paul Lawrence’s poem Masks (1882) with her own poems Old Black Men and When I think of Myself. That rendering has been translated into Tamil. The play emphasises the suffocation of it all from Eric Garner, George Flyod, Jayaraj and Bennicks to innumerable cases of violence at ‘homes’ by ‘protectors’!
‘I can’t breathe’ the actors repeat over and over again.
The play was created, rehearsed and will be performed entirely online. No one involved in the play shared physical space with one another through the entire process.
Cast: Ponni, Sowmya, Tamilarasan, Tamilarasi
Credits: Sound & Movement: Sadhashi
Backdrop Design: Nandita. Execution: Surendar
Batticaloa Support team: Anuratha, Sarala
Technical Manager: Krishna
Script: Translation of Maya Angelou’s poem: Anitha, V. Geetha, Ponni
Texts on contemporary times: Mangai, Ponni, Sukirtharani.
Direction: A. Mangai
Production Support: Perch, Chennai Theatre Academy