In 1982, Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, who wrote and acted in English plays in Bangalore, started the Artistes’ Repertory Theatre (ART), an English-language theatre company. Thirty years later, ART has over 70 plays in its portfolio.

Rajeev Ravindranathan and Veena Sajnani as Randle McMurphy and Nurse Rached

“This year we began celebrating three decades of ART and then thought what better way to do that than to revive five of the best plays and recreate them," says Vivek Madan, programming executive at Jagriti.

Veena Sajnani and Anshul Pathak as Nurse Rached and Billy

In addition to the plays, there will also be performances. “We are calling them asides. These will mostly be performances that can be anything ranging from dance to music, keeping with Jagriti’s effort to be a performance space and not just a theatre space," says Madan. They will include a stand-up comic show called The Polished Bottoms on 17 August and a dance performance by the Anjika Dance Company of Manipur on 30 September.

Jagriti Season Twenty Twelveis on from 25 August-November at Jagriti, Whitefield, Bangalore. Season tickets are available at the Jagriti box office now, and are priced at 1,200 for all five plays. For information on season tickets, call 07829450191 or email contact@jagrititheatre.com. Tickets to individual plays, 300, are also available at www.bookmyshow.comand at the box office. For more details, visit http://jagrititheatre.com/season-twenty-twelve/ .

pavitra.j@livemint.com

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