Circle of Life

This play was written in 2009. An improvised version of this play was staged on the 22nd of December, 2009 at the school where I was teaching, then.


P.S: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the results of my imagination or have been used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events/ locales/ persons- living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


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1. Prologue

PROLOGUE

(All lights fall on a middle-aged man in a white kurta and jeans- the narrator. There is a huge poster, in the backdrop, showing the different phases in a man’s life.)

Narrator: “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exit and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. His acts being seven ages.”


Well! Shakespeare was right. This world is indeed, a stage. A child is born, he is dependent on others for his needs. Then he starts going to school, which is the society in miniature. He learns to read, write, think, compete etc. (Emotional-dreamy)Then comes teenage – he dreams, falls in love easily, envies his peers and suffers from an identity crisis. Soon the boy turns into a man. (With vigour) He is independent, strong, good-looking and competitive. (Philosophical)Tables have turned, he is all set to look after his parents now. Soon he gets married and has babies of his own. He becomes a parent now but remains his parents’ child. His babies grow up, by now he is a well established middle aged man ever too willing to give advice. Old age soon takes over and he has to retire from work. His body becomes weak which marks the beginning of the last phase in a man’s life- extreme old age. Just like an infant, he is totally dependent on others for his needs. He can’t see, hear, walk, talk or eat. This stage marks the end of his role on the stage called-the world.

This play will show you the different stages in the life of Abhimanyu Patel, son of Rekha and Jignesh Patel. 

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