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Mediasphere & Shailja Productions present
“The Blue Mug Play”
A play about Memories and what we make of them
Tours: UAE, OMAN, Brazil, New York, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Los Angles,
San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Raleigh, Connecticut
From April 15th 2010 – May 15th 2010
New York, NY March 2010: A comical theatrical sketch, The Blue Mug play is set to reshape
the experience of dramatics across the world. After scintillating performance in ‘Wake Up
Sid!,’ Konkona Sen Sharma comes on stage in this rib-tickling comedy play with Ranvir
Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Sheeba Chadha & Munish Bharadwaj. Mediasphere, a leading marketing and event management firm along with their partner Shailja Productions, chaperons this glittering star crew of contemporary Bollywood
actors to their first International Tour in April & May this year, summing up 20 shows
traversing three countries after performances in India.
An experimental production from Mumbai’s The Company Theatre, The Blue Mug play, “is a
creation of one story of ‘The man who mistook his wife for a Hat’ by Oliver Sacks” describes Atul Kumar, founder and artistic director of the group who is at the helm of the production.
Atul admits "It wasn't easy in the beginning to have them open up to the audience but the actors
are my old friends who have worked with me before." The director adds that slowly the cast
learned to play themselves on stage.
One of the finest film actors in India with two National Awards for performances in ‘Omkara’
and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Iyer’, Konkana Sen Sharma continues to explore the commercial as well as
experimental cinema. Konkana has portrayed diverse roles in ‘Luck By Chance’, ‘Life in a
Metro’ and ‘Aaja Nachle’, but she is visibly excited about her performance in The Blue Mug
play. “It is lovely. I have good fun being on stage,” says Konkona.
Vinay Pathak has never been typecast into any particular role. From essaying the role of the
common man caught up in strange situations and managing to show us the funny side of life in
movies like ‘Bheja Fry’ to a criminal mastermind in ‘Johnny Gaddar’ to the goofy friend in ‘Rab
Ne Bana Di Jodi’, Vinay has essayed a mélange of roles in his career.
Describing his performance in The Blue Mug play, "The fact that we play our own set of
characters is exciting." Vinay Pathak who has already won much applause from the audience
adds, “I enjoy working in this play a great deal. These guys are great friends and it has been a lot
Like Vinay, Ranvir Shorey is a maverick of sorts, and is known for a gamut of roles, each
removed from the other. From his portrayal of a common man caught up in the murky world of
the underworld in ‘Mithya’ to a goofy sidekick in ‘Bheja Fry’ and the aggressive younger
brother in ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, he has managed to provide eminence to off-beat cinema. Ranvir
feels, “A live act is a very different medium as compared to cinema. You face a live audience
and do not get the privilege of another take.”
The Global Promoters for The Blue Mug play, Mediasphere & Shailja Productions are paving
a new path in multicultural media, bringing a unique construct of entertainment. Mediasphere,
a one-stop-shop for integrated media and marketing solutions, is the pioneer of exploring
South Americas, revealing an untapped market of Indian ethnicity in the region. Shruti Tiwari,
the brainchild of Mediasphere discloses, “The Chemistry between these actors on screen and
having them perform live lends a fresh wit to the play, something which is rarely instituted in
conventional theatre, creating a worldwide demand of such event"
Shailja is a feature film maker and has a sharp eye for experimental and innovative entertainment
after seeing ‘The Blue Mug’ play she felt that the play was an amazing piece of experimental
theater and would interest the US & Gulf audience because the play is all about memories and
what we make of them. She had also gone through the reminiscence while watching the play.
She added, “Everyone can relate to this play because everyone has their own memories at some
point or the other.”
The Blue Mug play premiered in Mumbai on February 20 followed by shows across
international premiere in Dubai on April 21st hosted by Gulf promoter Oberoi Middle East
events followed by April 21st in Muscat hosted by Lights and Shadow enterprises and US
premiere in Connecticut and New York on April 23rd and April 24th, April 25th in Washington
DC, May 1st in Dallas, May 2nd in Houston, May 5th in Sao Paulo Brazil, May 7th Chicago,
May 8th San Francisco, May 9th Los Angeles, May 14th Atlanta and finally wrapping up on
May 16th in North Carolina on May 16th, 2010.
To view photos or clips from previous performance, or learn more about the production, please
Shruti Tiwari, 848-250-6997
Darpaharita Purohit, 301-525-8061