About Haoai (The Eleventh Planet)

Three vagrants are roaming at will needing no more than a few subsidies from the passersby for survival. They cannot avoid the pressures and temptations of the world which they reject as it rejected them by locking them up in a mental hospital. Having escaped from there they have nowhere to go-except back to the despised reality of the world. They have a utopian vision of ‘the eleventh planet’ with whose inhabitants they secretly communicate through their stolen cell phones. One after another they betray their collective commitments and regress into the sort of people they claim to despise – individuals concerned only with their own happiness.
Deep down they know that their time of freedom is running out, but they chose to cling to their escape plan as a strategy for survival.

Director’s Note

Haoai is a theatrical metaphor that exposes the absurdity and crisis of living in a world sans dream and desire. Here the three eternal tramps of any city or any country refuse to live in this mundane world and want to fly to a self-invented eleventh planet where they can fulfil their common desire of living an ideal life. To see their dream come true they engage themselves in inventing a spacecraft that will transport them to that alien world. But whether dream can surpass reality, surreal can surpass real – all these relative questions are discussed and debated and at last the inevitable catastrophe falls and the three mortals like all of unfortunate men and women accursed with the original sin realize it is our own folly that forbids us to make a planet ideal for living.

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Event Info:

  • Producer: Naye Natua
  • Director: Goutam Halder
  • City: Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Duration: Bengali
  • Language: 2 Hour (10 Minutes Interval)

Cast & Crew:

On Stage
  • Goutam Halder
  • Dyuti Ghosh
  • Santanu Ghosh

Off Stage

  • Original Play: ‘The Eleventh Planet’ by Evald Flisar
  • Adaptation: Ratan Das
  • Direction & Light Design: Goutam Halder
  • Gratitude: Joy Sen
  • Light Projection: Debashis Chakraborty
  • Costume: Dyuti Ghosh Halder
  • Music: Surojit Chattopadhyay
  • Set Design: Sanchayan Ghosh
  • Make up and costume: Sanghita Dutta Chakraborty
  • Backstage Management: Debajit Biswas, Tirthankar Chakraborty
  • Background music operation: Sourav Saha
  • Set Assembling: Niraj Mondal, Parthib Roy