Pipe Dreams set to become a reality
26 Feb 2016 03:43am IST
The Mustard Seed Art Company (MSAC), now in their 29th year, are all set to roll out their latest production, All Those Pipe Dreams. Café goes backstage with founder of the troupe, Isabel de Santa Rita Vas, to find out more
Herald Café: This is the 29th year of the Mustard Seed Art Company. Do comment.
Isabel de Santa Rita Vas: Yes, this is the 29th year of the Mustard Seed Art Company. We never dreamt of such a long life. In fact, each day, each play, one at a time, is what absorbs us.
HC: Tell us something about the new play.
ISRV: 'All Those Pipe Dreams' tells the story of a small family and the surrounding village community in Goa, apparently living placid and uneventful lives until the heritage house they recently bought catapults them into the unknown. The 3-act play dramatises the fact that our own stories can be full of adventure if only we have the eyes to see that. Fun and pathos are only two sides of the same coin.
HC: Since you are the scriptwriter of this original play, do give us a brief sketch.
ISRV: The story is set in Goa, a typical neighbourhood where everyone knows everything and more about the neighbours. However, there is now a secret in the midst of the Soares family, something exciting and life-transforming that they attempt to conceal. But have secrets in a close knit neighbourhood? You have a hope!
HC: Are you’ll all set for the show?
ISRV: Yes, practices began at the beginning of January. We have a nice mix of totally new actors and some who have acted before with the MSAC. The costumes, like the story, combine the mundane with the stylised. We have friends who are specialists in various fields advising us on costumes (Celsa Fernandes) and sets (Dean D'Cruz)! These are basically aids to project character, enhance the plot and atmosphere, and create a strong visual statement.
HC: You term it as a fun adventure play... Is this a comedy or a catharsis of some sort?
ISRV: Comedy? No. It does contain fun elements of satire and plenty of light touches, but it also makes for thoughtful depiction of the crises and catharses in the lives of ordinary people. Adventure? Yes, of course, adventure is underfoot!
HC: Tell us about the music.
ISRV: The songs are original compositions, the music is composed by our friend Schubert Cota, and the vocals are by the actors: Mario Coelho (original lyrics by Mario Coelho), Israiel Sarvishta, Marisse Bhobe and Nigel Elias Khamkar.
HC: What about the painting in the play?
ISRV: The painting is ‘From Darkness to Light’ is by Clarice Vaz, who signs as Craig Vaz. By synchronicity, the painting and the script happened around the same time, and the themes seem deeply embedded in each other. Clarice was happy to have us base her painting as a cornerstone image for the play.
‘ All Those Pipe Dreams’ will begin punctually at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm, in all the three locations i.e. on February 26, 2016 at Black Box Ravindra Bhavan, Vasco, February 27 at Goman Vidhya Niketan, Margao, and February 27 at Institute Menzes Braganza, Panjim
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