26th August 2015, Wednesday
At first, Birdbath looks like a simple enough play. A young, unsuccessful poet meets a young girl while they are both working at an all night cafeteria in Manhattan. It is obvious that she does not want to return home to the Bronx where she lives with her mother, so he convinces her to come to his place. He gets drunk and entices her to drink a little. He tries to seduce her in the mildest manner possible. She resists in the most devastating way imaginable, turning the evening into a nightmare for both of them. It is, in short, a boy meets girl love story unlike any other.
The play makes you think hard. Why is Velma the way she is? Raised by a condescending mother who constantly puts her down, she is jittery. And very very talkative. Sonal Thakur played her role ever so deftly, while Joel D'Souza gelled with his character's quirkiness so well that, towards the end, it was hard to differentiate between the two.
This venture marked the beginning of a new series of dramatic readings by theatre enthusiasts from the Gyaan Adab community.