ART-RIGHT-IS stages a play on societal injustices faced by men
The Penis Monologues by ART-RIGHT-IS throws light on sexual abuse, discrimination and injustice faced by men in the country, for a change. Originally written for an American audience by Jason Cassidy, the script has been tweaked with Indian references to make it more relatable.
a�?The original script has a lot of references to American sitcoms, old bands and musicians, so I have altered it to suit our audience,a�? explains Sharmin Ali, founder of ART-RIGHT-IS. The play has been divided into four segments, each representing a different age group, from ages 18 to 55. Over an hour, 18 actors will express their deepest inhibitions, fears and secrets on stage a�� from a charactera��s first gay encounter, to an elderly man who lost his virginity to his mothera��s best friend to anothera��s unfaithful wife.
The highlight is one woman in the cast talking about mena��s issues from her perspective. a�?Thata��s something the audience must not miss,a�? Ali enthuses. Plus, a jingle about the charactersa�� first sexual encounters adds a bit of a fun element to proceedings. Working with almost 25 men, Ali says The Penis Monologues came with exciting challenges. a�?I was trying to give them my idea of the play when they have probably experienced some of the things the plot deals with,a�? she shares.
She also feels that now is the perfect time to stage it. a�?I had my own doubts initially but I always felt in India, broken relationships are often blamed on the man which is not always the case,a�? explains Ali. a�?Surely, at least 10 per cent of men are not to blame and are decent human beings,a�? she concludes.
On August 28. 7.30pm. At Kengal Hanumanthaih Kala Soudha,
Hanumantha Nagar. Tickets
(`275) upwards on