20 October, 2020

Ajay Krishnan

The playwright and web editor of Caravan magazine, on his play Trivial Disasters

Ajay Krishnan

Why do you write plays instead of the lengthy, ‘intellectually efficient’ Indian novel?

I love working with people—fighting, discovering, rewriting, rehearsing, laughing, napping.

How many plays have you written and how long is the incubation period for a play?

Ten or so. Some have happened overnight, while others have taken nine months of rewriting.

What is Trivial Disasters about?

It’s a collection of ostensibly funny sketches, featuring, among others, a serial killer, a priest, a kidnapper, a broken electric kettle, a poet.

It began its life in the pubs of Bangalore. How do you feel about the larger production now?

It was a low-cost, simply designed show meant for small spaces. I’m curious to see what director Atul Kumar has done with it.

Is the interpretation at another level: what you have envisaged?

I’ll only know when I watch the show in Delhi.

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