Kalamanch performs Woody Allen’s ‘God’2 min read
The story which is an adaptation of the 1975 comedy revolves around a writer called Hepatitis and an actor named Diabetes as they struggle helplessly to find an ending for their play. Set in an empty Greek amphitheatre, this nutty play-within-a-play flits chaotically back and forth between ancient and modern times.
As the actor and writer desperately discuss how to end their play, it skids along farcically until the actor and the writer reach the same, ultimate, conclusion – there is neither an end nor a beginning.
Lasting for about forty five minutes, the performance kept the audience engaged until the last moment when the play abruptly ended. Aarti Kumar, a second year Biotechnology student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) said, “The play was hilarious from start to finish. I really like the concept behind the play and its humorous take on existentialism.”
Shruti Menon, the director of the play, said that she had previously read ‘God’ and ‘Death’ by Woody Allen and thought they would be worth staging sometime. So when they started hunting for plays, they didn’t have to look too far.
However she also added, “Every play has its set of ups and downs. So we did face a lot of problems too. We could not guarantee an audience as it was the end of the semester, our budget was limited so the venue was a problem and there was an overall lack of human resource. But, we pulled through because of the actors.”
Among the dignitaries present were Varadesh Hiregange, Director, MIC and Dr. M. V. Kamath, Honorary Director, MIC. Speaking on the occasion, Hiregange expressed his surprise and pleasure that Kalamanch had managed to pull off the play so well in such a short span of time. He also said they had simultaneously crossed a milestone by performing such a play with such complex undertones.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair