Aaina experiments with a single set1 min read
Manipal: Aaina, the official Dramatics club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) staged ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, a play by Joseph Kesselring, using a single set, on April 5 at the Syndicate Golden Jubilee Auditorium.
“The idea of a single set made it easy for the actors to rehearse the play because it avoided the confusion of adapting to a new set after every scene. We also wanted the actors to use the entire stage, since there were no transitions between the scenes,” said Sonali Govind, Head of Set Design, Aina.
With Ashwin Mathew (Mortimer) as the protagonist, the story revolved around Mortimer finding a dead body by his window seat, and the night becoming an insane and troubling cover-up.
Using slapstick humour, the actors were quick to improvise and use the on stage mishaps to their advantage. Karan Gera, a third year MIT student said, “The play had its intricacies but they pulled it off well. The story picked up after the first act, and the pace improved gradually. Overall, it was a decent script.”
The play lasted for three hours and was performed to a full house.
Edited by Gargi Kerkar