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A VERY HAPPY WORLD THEATRE DAY - MARCH 27 -
to all ye who visit this blog and are into theatre bashing and praising if not theatre watching!
WORLD THEATRE DAY was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community, various national and international theatre events being organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the International Message traditionally written by a theatre personality of world stature at the invitation of the International Theatre Institute.
Usually at Masquerade we celebrate World Theatre Day by doing an extended weekend of silly comedies just to keep people happy and laughing while we otherwise do a little more serious work through the year. But since last year we have taken to launching our new annual theatre season. This year, originally our Launch Nite for 2006-07 was supposed to be today. Due to some extenuating circumstances we have moved to April 3. So if you're interested to catch up with our event... here goes the details:
Event: Masquerade's 2006-07 Theatre Season Launch Nite
Performance: ARTIFICIAL REALITIES - a 50 minute presentation of comedies
Place: CEDARS - the specialty Mediterranean Restaurant, Kotturpuram
Time: 7.30 PM
Date: April 3, 2006
Cover Charges Rs. 250/- apply.
Theatre performance to be preceded by Drinks and followed by Specialty Buffet.
You can Call Cedars - 2447 5073 or 5585 5111 for reservation. Limited Walk-ins as this is a private and press launch.
So what have we at Masquerade this season?
- 2 Mainstream Productions
- An extended weekend of 3 full-length productions
- A festival of Short Plays
- A Festival of Youth Theatre
- A year long New Writing in Theatre program…
- Workshops, neighborhood theatre events, collaborative theatre events with schools… many more!
Right Click my title above to reach out a very unique site dedicated to Theatre. Incidentally it was also the organisation - International Theatre Institute - without whose backing and help I could not have had my theatre training in de Vaterland back in 1996. Each year a personality - a theatre personality - is chosen to represent and be awarded with prize for contribution to theatre by ITI and his/her World Theatre Day speech is published here. This year it is Víctor Hugo Rascón-Banda.
Keep doing/supporting theatre. And don't listen to the umpteen entertainment reporters in town, they just write to fill their column centimeters with sound bytes and would write anything to distort reality, depending on who feeds their next meal and washes with their next cocktail. However, there are a couple of critics still left. Thank god for small mercies. As I quote my favourite tactician - the twentieth century Kautilya - and a certain Kerpener who races F-1: Too Much Mass and Too Little Class.
And to add to that, I state, TOO LITTLE CLASS AND TOO MEDIOCRE A CRITICAL MASS!