This is an independent dramatization of the famous works of N.S Madhavan (Higuita- a short story) and Peter Handke (The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick- a novel). Higuita was staged for the first time 20 years ago as a 30-minute short play. The stage arrangement consists of a football ground with a church on one side.
Father Geevarghese, a church vicar of a tiny parish in South Delhi, had once heard Handke’s story of The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick from Father Capriaty, his friend from Italy. Geevarghese dreams of football and, from a tiny television set in his room, indulges in watching World Cup football matches. He imagines himself merging with the figure of his football hero Higuita and takes audiences with him on this inner journey.
The play is dramatized such that on the centre circle of a football ground, Father Geevarghese meets with people from his past and present – Lucy Marandy, Jabbar, his friends and family. Imprisoned in their boxes, the goalkeepers stand like caged birds under a burning sun. Geevarghese is fired by the image of Higuita walking back peacefully to his own post, after extending the ball to the farthest striker of his team at the rival post. Father Geevarghese sees himself breaking all barricades like Higuita. He retorts against the injustice which confronts him and discovers that even his priesthood cannot come in between.