The Right Pitch

Crazyket,to be staged by Swatantra Theatre,mirrors India’s love for cricket.

Written by Joyce William John | Published: December 7, 2013 2:47 am

To say that India loves cricket is to state the obvious. In their latest street play,city-based Swatantra Theatre group will take on the dual task of mirroring our country’s cricket mania while also poking a little deeper to communicate that one should go beyond mere adulation for the cricket stars and emulate their dedication.

The play,Crazyket,will be staged at Lavasa City,Town Hall and Promenade today. “The group has been regularly doing street plays on various social issues. Now we felt we should also do plays that touch on topics closest to most people. With Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement,a play on cricket was natural,” says Abhijeet Choudhary,who has written and directed Crazyket.

Choudhary shares that the plot of the 15-minute play develops around the two most important events of anyone’s life — birth and death. “The play is a comical and musical act. There are absurdities shown,like one bit has a soon-to-be father insisting that only when Tendulkar scores a century that he is keenly watching,his child should be born. In another bit,an old man,whose life revolved around cricket,passes away. As his family is carrying his body for cremation,the news comes that India has won a match and the dead man comes back to life,” says Dhanashree Heblikar,one of the 13 actors in the play.

Though street plays are usually used as a medium of activism,Choudhary says that is not their focus in Crazyket. “Yet,we do have an underlying message for the people. People across the country idolise Sachin and other cricketers. We are telling them to go beyond this admiration that makes them do crazy things and to follow the sports persons’ dedication in any field,” he says.

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