An overbearing mother loses her wits over her maladjusted children in The Glass Menagerie. Director and actor Eelum Dixit stages the ageless drama by Tennessee Williams at the Kamalmani Theatre in Patan.
The intimate production captures Williams's caricature of a dysfunctional family forsaken by its patriarch, only then to be flung prematurely against social conventions.
The four-character cast is convincing in its roles: Dixit as the foolhardy son, Shristi Ghimire as the insular daughter, Arpan Khanal as the unknowing suitor and Riva Thapa as the neurotic mother. The scene is a realistic portrayal of an apartment in St. Louis during the Depression era but can be easily set in Nepal.
"The themes relate to Nepal," says Dixit. "The whole situation starts way before the play begins. Involved is a patriarchal family, and when the guy leaves, things fall apart. The woman is left to handle things. Single mother culture is becoming a fixture in our society."
Following the recent shows of The Conference of the Birds and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Glass Menagerie comes as the third English-language play in Kathmandu this season raising the bar with ticket prices at Rs 1000. The unprecedented series of productions demonstrates a local talent and an expanding niche for English-language plays.
Proceeds go to the Spinal Injury and Rehabilitation Centre. The Glass Menagerie, Kamalmani Theatre, Patan. 11 – 12 June, 5:30pm.
National Tourism Fair, organised by Nepal Tourism board. 10 to 12 June, 11am to 5pm, Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall, Entry free
Poet of the Fall, an evening filled with music, poem organised by Mu'az Entertainment will feature performance by Murad Ali. 10 June, 7pm, 1905, Kantipath, Tickets Rs500, Rs1500(with dinner)
Picture This, a 3 day writing workshop organised by Photo Circle in collaboration with Katha Satha and Bookworm. 17 to 19 June, 3 to 6pm, Bookworm, Jhamsikhel, Application fee Rs300, applications can be downloaded from http://www.photocircle.com/learning-initiatives/picture-this/ and sent before 14 June
Equalization and Frequency Analysis, a workshop by Mr. Coleton Paskert, a renowned Audio Engineer and Producer from Chicago. 13 June, 5 pm, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Jhamsikhel,. 5013554
E- car Rally, rally of electronic vehicles in support of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre. 18 June, 8am, Starts from Maitighar Mandala, 9841595707/ 660846
We may all end up in the same boat, installation art by Michelle Hall. 5 to 12 June, 5.30pm on the opening day, Sunday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Patan Musuem, Lalitpur
Charya Dances, performance of a traditional genre of mediated dance and music by Rajendra Shrestha and Kala Mandap. 10 June, Durbar Hall, Bal Mandir, Naxal, Invitations only
Benefit Concert, a fund raise for Sunchour Villlage Primary School organised by Grassroot Movement in Nepal and Children and Youth First the event will see performances by Raju Lama and Joint Family Internationale. 12 June, 5 to 10pm, Patan Musuem, Ticket Rs300
Documentary Filmmaking, a six-day course on documentary filmmaking organised by Sattya Media Arts Collective. 5 to 10 June, 10am to 5pm, Sattya Media arts Collective, Jawlakhel, Application can be downloaded from the website www.sattya.org and sent to [email protected], Fee Rs3000
Celebrating Fulbright in Nepal, an exhibition of artworks and photographs by US and Nepali Fulbright grantees. 7 to 21 June, Opening day 5.30pm, Weekdays 11am to 6pm, Saturday 12 to 4pm, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babar Mahal Revisited, 4218048
Know your DSLR: Digital SLR Photography, a photography workshop organised by Sattya Media Arts Collective. 28-29 June, 11am to 3pm, Fee Rs 1000, Forms are available at sattya.org
White Party, Launch of WhatNext. 11 June, 7pm, Cube, Kamaladi, Rs 700(in advance) Rs1000 (at door)
Call for entries for Film Southasia, a festival of South Asian documentaries. 29 September to 2 October, early submission deadline: 31May 2011, final submission deadline (for films made after April 2010): 31June 2011, Film Southasia Secretariat, Patan Dhoka, 5552141, www.filmsouthasia.org, [email protected]
Golden Moments- Tribute to Rock, a second series of Golden moments featuring artists Ashesh and the Nekhvam, 10 June, Cafereena, Durbar Marg, Abhaya and the Steam Injuns, 17 June, Moksh, Jhamsikhel, and the grand finale with Soaked, 24 June, 1905, Kantipath
AFK Music Contest, an open music contest to young musicians below 25. Interested ones can download the forms at www.alliancefrancaise.org.np and submit it at Alliance Francaise, Tripureshwor, Last date for submission 10 June
Fashion and Music fest, fashion show by students of IEC with musical performance by Naren Limbu, Sirish Thapa, Bijaya Gurung and Shadows. 11 June, 6pm, 1905 Restaurant and Bar, Kantipath
International Music Week Concerts, an unique outdoor concert organised by Alliance Francaise in Kathmandu along with Service Civil International featuring students of AFK, Kathmandu University School of Music and Manandhar Cultural Group. 21 June, 3pm, Dattatrya Square, Bhaktapur
Betty Argo in Kathmandu, popular French band live in concert. 26 June, 6pm, Nepal Academy Hall, invitations only
Das Din Dilli Ke , the essence of North Indian cuisine brought to Nepal by Indian Master Chef Anil Khurana . 10 to 19 June at The Café, Hyatt Regency from 6.30 to 10.30pm. For bookings call 4491234
Saturday @ Hyatt, Make your weekend more exciting with family and friends. Enjoy the afternoon with a splash in the pool, relax and sample the sumptuous barbecue brunch. For bookings call 4491234
Sunday Jazz Brunch, Enjoy a relaxing Sunday at Hyatt with barbecue and live Jazz music by "Inner Groove" from 12 noon to 3.30pm. For bookings call 4491234
Degaa Restro Lounge, for mouth watering Newari cuisines. Kumaripati( Old Campion Building), 9849136479
Hankook Sarang, from Bibimbab to Samgyeopsal, Hankook offers a wide range of Korean delicacies at affordable prices. Thamel( opposite Road house café)
Jazz Upstairs, the perfect place to chill down with your friends, listen to good music and have a plate of the best momos ever. Lazimpat