Most of our plays are based on real incidents and we want to make sure that these incidents stay alive with us.
Indian Ink - 2003
Chaos Theory - 2002
Hayavadana - 2002
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Art forms have evolved through time, leaving a considerable impact on people. Any conversation about the importance of art forms will not be complete if you do not include theatre. This particular branch of meaning has changed through the years, as people have gone ahead to create magic on stage. With various advancements in the field of cinema, theatre has still managed to bring in the right crowd that understands its essence, even if it is Saturday night. In the wake of all this, many people do not think about the process that happens backstage and how work functions accordingly. So, brace yourselves because here are some essential jobs required for a complete production.
We have all heard the sweet tunes that emerge during the course of the play, as it takes us into the world of the subject. Due to al this, one can understand the importance of a music director and how he/she shapes the play in their own right. A music director will work in close connection with the director, producer and stage manager. It’s not easy to be selected for a huge production as music director, as they tend to view experience. A valid course in any musical theatre school will benefit you in so many ways.
The job of a stage director is something that requires the most effort, as you will end up being exhausted. Depending upon the scale of production, a stage manager will have a lot under his/her shoulder, as they go about checking lighting, scheduling, handling props, providing cues and a lot more. Usually, stage directors tend to come from a theatrical background and require the skill of communication to a large extent. They also need to develop an understanding of everyone’s role in the production, as a stage manager will have to blend with everyone.
A show will not run without a producer, as he/her is an individual who plays many roles offstage. Apart from the primary activity of raising funds, producers are the people who visualise the script and begin the process of production. They move ahead to hire other people, and the production begins to take shape. Becoming a producer is a task which is reserved for people with money or individuals who can raise funds.
Actors, Dancers, Singers and Choreographers
The long list of these names have something in common, and that is talent. It takes a lot more than mere guts to go up on stage and face the world. Actors, singers and dancers are usually selected through auditions, and the process might take time. You should be able to either portray a character to the finest or move according to the lines of the script. Having the perfect voice makes everything look good, as a play is a combination of unique talents under one roof. Choreographers, on the other hand, are individuals who understand the game and visualise the requirement of the director. Theatrical background and experience are required in all these cases.
Alter Ego Productions is pleased to announce Tariq Ali’s The Leopard and the Fox as our forthcoming production. The Leopard and the Fox was originally written in 1985 as a three part BBC screenplay that follows the last days of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first popularly elected prime minister of Pakistan, deposed in a coup, and then put to death by hanging in 1979 by his former chief of army staff, General Zia ul Haq, who became the President of Pakistan, only to die himself in mysterious circumstances in a plane crash in 1988.
Alter Ego is in the midst of adapting the riveting drama of these two outsize personalities battling each other to a standoff in their quest for power. In life and death the actions of these men and their consequences have not just influenced Pakistan but divided the country, into legions of their detractors and supporters, passionately arguing about each leader’s contribution to the failure and success in their country’s history. The reverberations of that period in Pakistan’s history is being felt in the international arena today.
Tariq Ali’s screenplay was controversial and was flagged by the legal department of the BBC for the potential lawsuits that it could have engendered. Rather than face the legal consequence, the BBC decided to can the production. The casting had almost been done and luminaries like Naseeruddin Shah (to play Bhutto) and Angelica Huston had agreed to their roles. The screenplay was finally published by Seagull Books in October 2006.
“The BBC commissioned Tariq Ali to write a three-part TV series on the circumstances leading to the overthrow, trial and execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan. As rehearsals were about to begin, the BBC hierarchy – under pressure from the Foreign Office – decided to cancel the project. Why? General Zia ul Haq, the dictator at the time, was leading the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He was backed by the USA. According to expert legal opinion, there was a possibility of a whole range of defamation suits from the head of state to judges involved in the case. In consequence, it was decided not to broadcast this hard-hitting and provocative play. “The Leopard and the Fox” presents both the script and the story of censorship.”
Alter Ego is planning to stage the play mid October at TBG Main Space at 312, 36th St and 8th Avenue.
Tariq Ali is a very well known activist and writer. He is an editor at the New Left Review and has written many critically acclaimed books like The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), Bush in Bablylon (2003), and Conversations with Edward Said (2005).
We are extremely pleased to announce that Giovanna Sardelli, one of the rising new stars is directing the play. Giovanna is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of Arts and is on their faculty teaching acting. She has directed, amongst other plays, Rajiv Joseph’s Huck and Holden (Cherry Lane Development Series), All that Intimacy (Second Stage Uptown), and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Lark Play Development Center). She is a Creative associate at the Lark Theater and is on the faculty at NYU, teaching acting at the Tisch.
Rajiv Joseph is writing the adaptation. Rajiv is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of Arts and has written Huck and Holden and All That Intimacy, two plays that were very well received and attracted a good deal of attention. He most recently wrote Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, as part of the Lark Development series. Rajiv also teaches expository writing in NYU’s College of Arts and Science.
The new production comes on the heels of Alter Ego’s very successful 2006 production A First Class Man. We played to full houses and garnered very good reviews from the theater critics.
ALTER EGO PRODUCTIONS BRINGS TO THE STAGE THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX — A NEW PLAY BY RAJIV JOSEPH INSPIRED BY TARIQ ALI’S BBC TELEPLAY OF THE SAME NAME THAT TELLS THE GRIPPING STORY OF THE LAST DAYS OF ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO, THE FIRST POPULARLY ELECTED PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN AND BENAZIR BHUTTO’S FATHER
Alter Ego Productions brings together people from many different professional backgrounds sharing a common passion for theater. The company was founded in April 2002 by a group of individuals whose professional focus is not theater but who have a strong interest in theater and significant past experience in directing, acting, or set design.
Alter Ego’s current production — Tariq Ali’s The Leopard and the Fox is a Machiavellian political drama set in the last days of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first popularly elected Prime Minister, deposed in a coup, and then executed by his closest confidante, his army chief General Zia ul Haq, in 1979, who installed himself as the President. The merry go round that is Pakistani politics is being played out today with the reported comeback of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s daughter Benazir Bhutto as Prime Minister at the behest of the US, the 800 lb gorilla in that region. The Leopard and the Fox was written as a BBC screenplay in 1985 which never got produced because of the politically sensitive nature of the story, due to the US exerting pressure on Zia ul Haq, to arm and train the mujahideens waging war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Alter Ego is delighted in presenting the world premiere of The Leopard and the Fox written by acclaimed writer, film maker, and political activist Tariq Ali, well known for his critically acclaimed and widely read The Clash of Fundamentalisms. The stage adaptation is written by NY based playwright Rajiv Joseph whose previous work includes the well received Huck and Holden and All that Intimacy. Director Giovanna Sardelli is a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Tisch School. Her recent work includes Rajiv Joseph’s Huck and Holden, All that Intimacy, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. The deeply talented cast of actors is led by the wondrously talented Ramiz Monsef who was last seen as Big Stone in Sarah Rule’s Eurydice (Second Stage).
Previously, Alter Ego produced A First Class Man, Who’s Afraid of Vijay Tendulkar?, Fatwa, Indian Ink, Chaos Theory, and Hayavadana. Our most successful productions to date — the world premiere of David Freeman’s A First Class Man and the NY premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink — ran to full houses. Our 2006 production A First Class Man was a critical and popular success and garnered rave reviews as the NYT called it “a play that entertains quite efficiently” and Indian Ink was listed by TheaterMania as “Shows You Should Have Seen But Probably Didn’t” in 2003.
Exciting news ahead! Alter Ego Productions has decided to shake off the cobwebs and emerge with renewed vigour (Old English), to present Off-Off Broadway with their production of David Freeman’s A First Class Man, this fall beginning, the 5th of October to the 21st of October, 2006 at the 45th Street theater. Keep tuned!
A First Class Man is the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a shipping clerk living in India in the early 20th century, possessing an innate genius and a full time passion for producing complex mathematical theorems and equations, without any formal training in mathematics. Quixotic fraud?? Not according to the eminent British mathematician and Cambridge don, GH Hardy, who recognizes Ramanujan’s talent and wants him to come over to Cambridge. One problem: Ramanujan’s religious beliefs forbids him to travel overseas.
A First Class Man explores the complex and dysfunctional relationship between a Cambridge educated don steeped in the precise world of mathematics, whose scientific orthodoxy clashes with Ramanujam’s more intuitive and spiritual relationship with numbers. In the end, eventually, we discover that even the stripped down and sequestered world of mathematics and academia, cannot keep apart human frailties and cultural differences.