Tennessee Williams’ SHEESHE KE KHILONE(THE GLASS MENAGERIE) Director: Govind Singh Yadav

Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Director: Govind Singh Yadav
Group: The Dramatic Art& Design Association, Delhi
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

The Play
Aijazis an aspiring poet who works in a factory to support his mother Nafeesa and sister Lubnawho has a problem with one of her legs. Aijaz’s father had run away many years ago.NafeesaasksAijazto find a match forLubna. Aijaz brings home Amjadwho had studied with Lubnain school. Amjad reveals that he is already engaged to another girl, and leaves. Aijazsays he wants to join the merchant navy.Nafeesa is disillusioned by now. Lubna has been preserving glass dolls since her childhood. At some point her favourite glass doll is disfigured by Amjad. Aijaz leaves home after this incident and arrives back in town after many years laden with guilt towards his mother and sister.

Director’s Note
SheeshekeKhiloneis an urdu adaptation of the play The Glass Menagerie written by Tennessee Williams and adapted by BilquisZafeerulHasan. The play questions why God doesn’t take care of us humans,as Lubna takes care of her glass menageries. Why does God leave us to wander alone in tough times? This is in fact the motive of the play as expressed by Lubna’s brother Aijaaz, at the end of the play.Based on a simple storyline, this play portrays many things, which is why a drawing room set has been chosen for the stage setting.

The Director
Govind Singh Yadavstudied at National School of Drama and BharatenduNatyaAkademi. He has to his credit the direction of plays like Lolita, AndhaYug, AdheAdhure, KhamoshAdalatJaariHai, Miss Julie, KabiraKhada Bazar Me, Duvidha, BallabhpurkiRoop Katha, Do KoudikaKhel and Tansen, his most recent show. He receivedSangeetNatakAkademi’sBismillah Khan Award for Best Lighting in 2008.He studied theatre and light techniques at the National Theatre in Korea. Recently he visited the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London to study theatre further. He has designed light for the productions of the National School of Drama Repertory Company, the Theatre in Education wing (NSD), and NSD’s student productions. He is presently working as the stage manager, and light designer and executor forNSD Repertory Company.

The Playwright
Thomas Lanier ‘Tennessee’ Williams III(1911 – 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the foremost playwrights of 20th-century American Drama.Much of Williams’ most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

The Group
The Dramatic Art and Design Association is an active theatre group working since 2005. The group has been active since a decade in New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Allahabad and Bangalore. Many young artists have worked in the group and gained training as actors for theatre, and also for the media i.e. TV and films.

Cast& Credits
Aijaz1: Suresh Sharma
Aijaz 2: PrasannaSoni
Nafeesa: AnjuJaitley/RatikaMehra
Lubna: Shipti Saberwal /TanviGoel
Amjad: Chinmoy Das/Deepak

Costumes: MotiLalKhare
Assistant: RatikaMehra
Music: Mukesh Kumar
Light: Govind Singh Yadav
Set: Rajesh Bahl
Property: MotilalKhare
Assistant: TanviGoel
Video Design: Nitin Kumar
Stage Manager: UpinNirmal, TanviGoel
Poster & Brochure: Govind Singh Yadav

Urdu Adaptation: BilquisZafeerulHasan
Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Design & Direction: Govind Singh Yadav