THE buzz around the world of call centres may have become less now,but Chennai-based Anupama Chandrasekhars play Disconnect which explores this as well as the consumer culture is still going places. The play was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre,UK,in 2010 and after its run there,it has been picked up by theatre groups in various countries,including Austria and the Czech Republic. It had a month-long run in Chicago earlier this year when it was presented by Victory Gardens Theatre and directed by Ann Filmer. Currently,San Jose Repertory is staging yet another new production of Disconnect,directed by Rick Lombardo.
Chandrasekhar calls the staging of two productions of Disconnect in America a happy coincidence. The play,set in an Indian call centre,was picked up by the American groups by word-of-mouth publicity. The play seems to have a life of its own, says Chandrasekhar,who tweaked it for the Chicago run.