American theater company Arena Stage Thursday performed in the 'Voices of Now:India', organized by American Center Kolkata.
´Voices of Now:India´ is a year long nationally recognized drama programme, created to provide young people a platform to perform and devise theater from their own writings as well as on issues that pose questions to the viewers about the world they share, informed officials.
The themes of performances, directed by Ashley Foreman, revolved around local community issues and focused primarily on girl child to commemorate Oct 11, which has been designated by the United nations as the International Day of the Girl Child.
Partnership Coordinator Raymond Caldwell said ,"The participants are trained or empowered to take this workshop to their schools and communities and do the same work."
Participants of the workshop included theater groups Red Curtain and Arshinagar project, NGOs Sanlaap and Kolkata Sanved, Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, St. Xaviers College, Sri Shikshayatan School and College, ILead College, Calcutta International School, Birla High School, St.John´s Diocesan and Performing art group Sapphire Creations.
American Center Deputy Director Rachel Sudan said,"The workshop was an amazing opportunity for the participants or the artists as the Arena Stage team calls them, to learn and address community issues which culminated in the performances."
Sarah Qureshi, one of the participants said,"There was no traditional script at all. Somebody passed a comment and it was incorporated in the script. We created our own story. Even our poems were incorporated in the play."
(Reporting by Shabarni Basu)