A unique digital theatre production based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez' story – The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.
A dead man washes up your shore. A handsome dead man. Is it strange? Probably. But what happens next?
This piece was devised from the text of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story – The Handsomest Most Drowned Man in The World. Esteban's Village, as the piece was later titled, was created solely through online rehearsals by a team of performers spread out in 4 cities of India and simulcast in three different venues at the same time. Commissioned as part of Thespo 19 – India's largest youth theatre festival, the 10-minute performance was performed by an ensemble of actors from Pune, Guwahati and Delhi and was directed from Mumbai by Vikrant Dhote with Matthew Wesser as Technical Director.
As a fringe entry at the Festival, the piece kick-started a conversation about the scope of technology and multimedia in theatre.
This project was my first tryst with virtual theatre, a full three years before the world stumbled upon COVID-19 and socially-distanced ways of theatre-making. Collaborating online with Matt and Vikrant in Mumbai, Laina in Guwahati and Advait in Pune was a deeply humbling experience as it was the first-time I was working with performers outside my home city. Adapting Marquez' text for an online-first performance was a challenge. We used illustrations, music and some bit of technological magic to recreate a live space. And we performed in the mecca of Indian Theatre – Prithvi!
Cast & Crew
Presented by Thespo 19
Directed by Vikrant Dhote
Technical Supervision by Matthew Wesser
Performed by Advait Rahalkar, Gaurav Singh, Laina Sangha
Production Managed by Suraj and Srishti
Premiere: 19 December 2017
No. Of Performances: 1
Running Length: 15 mins
Language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gibberish
Staged at Prithi House, Prithvi Theatre Mumbai under Thespo 19.