Play Date

Read a play with us each month

Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play. 

Silence! the Court is in Session


Vijay Tendulkar was born on January 6, 1928, and died on May 19, 2008. He was the leading playwright in India, mainly based in Marathi. He is credited as one of India’s greatest playwrights, his plays established him as a brilliant writer of plays with both contemporary and unconventional themes. A lot of his plays are inspired by real-life incidents or social upheavals. Tendulkar was highly influential for theatre personalities in Mahārāshtra for over five decades.  


The play is about a group of teachers who have a performance for a mock trial, though on the day of the performance they find out one of their troupe’s members is missing – so they bring on a stage-hand, Samant. An improvised, free-flowing “rehearsal” is arranged and a mock trial is staged to make the stage-hand understand court procedures. Miss Benare, one of the cast members and a young school teacher, has received a mock charge of infanticide, the killing of an infant. As the trial continues, it becomes more and more dramatic and revealing.

Reading a play is like venturing into a new world.

Land Acknowledgement

Crane Creations Acknowledges The Land Which We Operate On Is Part Of The Treaty Lands And Territory Of The Michi Saagiig, Commonly Referred To As The Mississauga First Nations. We Acknowledge The Territory Of The Anishinabek, Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Ojibwe Peoples, As Well As All Caretakers Of This Land Acknowledged And Unacknowledged, Recorded And Unrecorded, And Past, Present, And Future.

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