Cast: Shernaz Patel, Vijay Crishna, Rehaan Engineer
Direction: Rehaan Engineer
Molly Sweeney, blind since infancy, leads a contented and fulfilling life despite her disability.
She is happily married to Frank, a passionate and impulsive champion of good causes and a self-taught expert in Iranian goats, blue-back salmons, and Ethiopian bee farming.
Frank becomes increasingly fascinated by his wife's impaired vision and endlessly researches ophthalmology and philosophical issues related to her blindness. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, he finally convinces Molly to undergo a series of operations that could restore her sight.
Their hopes are tied to Mr. Rice, a world renowned eye surgeon, who fled New York and his career for the Irish countryside after his wife left him for one of his colleagues. He still prides himself in having been a "young Turk" - a fearless doctor, respected and celebrated wherever he appeared. His dormant ambition of proving himself one last time comes alive when he meets Molly.
We hear the story from the perspective of Molly, her husband Frank and Dr. Paddy Rice as three monologues are woven together to form a powerful drama underscoring the connection between vision and understanding, and how we create the worlds in which we live.
The Industrial Theatre Co. was formed by four young theatre professionals and enthusiasts, all of whom have had extensive theatrical experience.
Pushan Kripalani has studied film in England, and is a working cinematographer in documentaries and feature films (Deewangee). He has also directed and acted in the theatre; plays include Becket, Macbeth, Agamemnon, Hayavadana, A Suitable Boy (BBC Radio 4), Manifestly False, Kaspar, and “8”, Clogged Arteries (current production), The Maids (current production), Ursula, and Insulting the Audience(current production).
Rehaan Engineer graduated from the RADA in 2000. He has worked in film, and directs and acts in the theatre. Credits include Agamemnon, One Flea Spare (Singapore), Manifestly False, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, “8”, Everybody Says I’m Fine (Film),The Mrichhkatikaa (BBC Radio 3), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Molly Sweeney (current production) Pune Highway (current production), Ursula and Insulting the Audience(current production).
Karan Makhija has far-reaching acting experience, having been an enthusiastic actor during most of his school and college years. He has acted in productions of Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Agamemnon, Brothers, They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Hayavadana, The Shadow Box, Manifestly False, 8, Kaspar and Once There Was a Way (current production). He was the Festival Director for Thespo V (Q Theatre Productions).
Nadir Khan has worked widely in the theatre – acting in, directing and producing numerous productions. He has also worked for radio with the BBC, and a local Mumbai radio station. Credits include Betrayal, All My Sons, Macbeth, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Agamemnon, A Suitable Boy (BBC Radio 4), Beyond Therapy, Hayavadana, R&J, The Shadow Box, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Mrichhkatikaa (BBC Radio 3), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Clogged Arteries (current production), Hard Places (current production), Molly Sweeney (current production), Beyond Therapy (current production), Ursula, Getting it Right (current production) and Insulting the Audience(current production) .
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