|Actor, Director and Writer, Deesh
Mariwala has a very eclectic theatrical background. He has performed with
both national and international theatre companies in work ranging from
classical Shakespearean tragedy to movement and mime; and even as a performing
clown. He has conducted acting workshops that have evolved into performances,
in addition to directing and acting in regular theatrical work. He recently
established the Grossly Commercial Theatre Company in Chennai, to experiment
with different forms of theatrical activity.
“A PORTRAIT OF PARADISE” is a
one-man dramatic monologue that has been adapted to the Indian context
from Lanford Wilson's "A Poster of the Cosmos." A well-dressed man,
obviously from the upper echelons of society, is brought into a psychiatric
institution to be interrogated about what he has just done. His clothes
are crumpled and dirty, and he looks haggard with worry. A psychiatrist
says to him "You don't look like the kind of fellow who would have done
something like that..." What kind of fellow is that? And what kind of thing?
Is he condemned before he even begins to tell his side of the story?
Would you have the courage to empathise? Or even to try and understand?