Theatre veteran Rajit Kapur brings his interpretation of The Glass Menagerie to Chennai
The Glass Menagerie has been performed on stage several times. But we’ve decided to talk about it now because Mumbai theatre veteran, Rajit Kapur, is bringing the play to the city for the first time. This latest adaptation of Tennessee William’s play by the renowned actor, director and producer sees Amanda who is abandoned by her husband. She comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life, when she was pursued by ‘gentlemen callers’. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, finds comfort in her glass menagerie.
Having seen several interpretations, Kapur found it challenging to give the story a new look, “I guess I was in school when I saw the first interpretation. In fact, I acted in one of them, 25 years ago. Each version works because of the emotional content and the beautiful writing, ’’ says Kapur, well known for his roles in movies like Guzaarish and Zubeidaa. Talking about why he chose to make the play, Kapur says, “It is the whole conflict that each character is going through in their own space that attracted me the most. I think everybody can relate to the story.”
Younger minds at work
On what is different in his version, he says, “Come and watch what perspective I have to offer. I couldn’t have done it without my cast.” And who is in the play? Mumbai theatre circuit biggies, Shernaz Patel and Ira Dubey, Cabir Maira (a first-timer to Chennai) and Jim Sarbh. The newest member is Ursula Pereira, a violinist. Besides Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai, the play will also go to Kolkata and Kochi. Incidentally, Kapur is an avid reader and a fan of Oscar Wilde for his bizarre yet sensitive writing. He has also signed three films, which are in its initial stages. Talking about the state of theatre in India, he says, “The metros have picked up. A new brigade of actors has come up. The writing is fresh and the perspective they offer is new.”
At Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall on May 1, from 7 pm. From Rs. 280 onwards. Details: bookmyshow.com