While Nida Butt’s play, The 39 Steps, is running successfully at the Arts Council in Karachi these days, another theatre production is already in the works. Coming from Stage Nomad Productions, the makers of acclaimed courtroom drama, Court Marshal, the play is titled Rehearsal and is scheduled to premiere later this month.
Directed by Meesam Naqvi and written by Vijay Tendulkar, Rehearsal is the fourth production by Stage Nomad and is about “unfulfilled desires, gender discrimination, redundant social customs and the sources and manifestations of power”, according to a post on their official Facebook page.
It is a play within a play that revolves around a theatre group that makes an unscheduled stop only to find one of their cast members has gone missing. To cast a local, they have to run him through a ‘rehearsal’ - a thoroughly-contemplated event that highlights the judgmental mindset of our society where women cannot live in peace.
The upcoming play features a talented cast that includes Hammad Ather, Moiz Khan, Shah Hasan and Mushk Kaleem, among others. Ather will be essaying the role of Nawab sahab, owner of the theatre group, Hasan will be seen as Kazmi sahab, a lawyer by degree and an actor by profession while Moiz Khan is playing the role of Kavish Khan, who doesn’t let anyone or anything steal his moment in the spotlight.
Rehearsal will commence from December 11 at the Arts Council and is set to make its presence felt around the time Nida Butt’s The 39 Steps concludes. It will run for two days and as the producers claim, it is sure to leave you entertained while bringing to light harsh realities of life. So, don’t forget to witness a ‘Rehearsal’ getting real on stage!