Maila Dot Com is the second production of Mandala Theatre Nepal. It’s also the first proscenium performance by Mandala. At first this play was showcased as the joint venture of Photo Circle, UNHCR and Mandala Theatre Nepal in August 2009. The play chronicled a layer of psychological maneuvers, sexual urges, emotions and feelings of the protagonist. The voyeuristic moves of the hero along with the fluctuation in his daily lives were the themes that were highlighted.

Maila Dot Com is a psycho-analytical play. A small café in an unnamed city, a beautiful proprietor and an innocent busboy named Maila, the play Maila Dot Com revolves around these settings and characters. The three day story of this play has been woven out from daily activities and their impressions, being occurred in the café. Encouraged by great admire and enthusiastic response, the play was also performed in the countries like Bangladesh and India. Later on this play was performed again in 2011. Then it was selected for the Multilingual National Drama Festival organized by Nepal Academy of Music and Drama. Recently the play was showcased regularly for 15 days in 2013 after the construction of Mandala Natakghar in Anamnagar, Kathmandu. The play has been performed 42 times in various national and international platforms. Similarly, the play has been selected for 2nd Colombo International Theatre Festival 2012 going to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It will be performed there two times.

Summary:

Day 1

Maila and the proprietor lady welcome their costumers in their café. Maila syas that everything is fine with their shop but the proprietor lady denies and says everything is futile, frustrated and meaningless. Customers (invisible characters) start to come. Maila keeps himself busy in fulfilling the orders from customers. The proprietor lady handles the cash counter. Several kinds of customers (invisible) come there. Maila treats them according to their attitude. The proprietor lady seems kind to Maila. She offers heavy meal to him in lunch that makes Maila happy. Maila cleans up the café. The proprietor lady gives Maila some money when Maila shuts down the shutter of café. She moves from there leaving Maila alone. Maila sleeps besides the café.

Day 2

The proprietor lady finds Maila sleeping beside the café. She asks him to sleep inside the café from the day and provides him a bedsit. Maila becomes happier. The same actions take place. Invisible customers start to come. Maila keeps himself busy in fulfilling the orders from customers. The proprietor lady handles the cash counter. Several kinds of customers come there. Maila treats them according to their attitude. The proprietor lady tells Maila that today she couldn’t prepare lunch so Maila can have any kind of Bakery they have in their showcase. Maila becomes excited and chooses a ‘Cream Donut’ as his lunch. The proprietor lady also prepares tea for Maila. Maila cleans up the café. In the time of closing the proprietor lady gives the key of café to Maila. She leaves and Maila sleeps inside the café.

Day 3

Being knocked on the shutter by the proprietor lady, Maila gets up. He opens the shutter. The proprietor lady enters.  The same actions take place. Invisible customers start to come. Maila keeps himself busy in fulfilling the orders from customers. The proprietor lady handles the cash counter. Several kinds of customers come there. Maila treats them according to their attitude. The proprietor lady offers heavy meal to Maila in lunch. She also gives Maila a hat and a pair of shoes as gift.  Maila in his excitement throws his old slipper. After getting scolded by the proprietor lady Maila takes them back.  Maila cleans up the café. The proprietor lady tries to close the shutter. In the meantime Maila kisses the proprietor lady in her cheek. The proprietor lady becomes anxious and orders Maila to be get out from the café. She scolds him and threatens him not to be seen in that area. The proprietor lady leaves. Maila becomes sad and alienated.

The play ends.

Director’s Note:

I am back again in a new stage with my old play. People says- “To be a play one needs a better conflict and a proper beginning, proper middle and a proper ending.” I think Maila Dot Com is a loose connected play and it doesn’t have a great conflict. It has repetitions, same as in our lives. Repetitions ‘may not’ have meanings. Maila Dot Com is a non-absurd story telling where there is less chance for this play to be a play. It would be only possible if you could find the meaning of your daily nonsense actions.

I always remember my late friend Mr. Rabin Pandey before staging this play. He was the original actor of this play. I had written this play some six years ago specially for him. Unfortunately, he died in a road accident. Actually, I didn’t want to restage this play again. But it’s happening biannually. Sirjana and Rajan (Current actors of this play) have given me courage to stage this play again. And now I am happy for this.

 

Language of the Play

Nepali

Time Duration of the Play

1 hour (with no intermission)

Our Total Cast and Crew (for travel)

Actors- 2

Light Operator- 1

Sound Operator- 1

Scenographer- 1

Director- 1

 

 

On Stage

Rajan Khatiwada                       as Maila

Sirjana Subba                            as Café Proprietor

 

Off Stage

Light:                                                 Buddhi Tamang

Sound design:                           Dev Neupane

Sound Operation:                      Som Nath Khanal

Playwright and Direction:                    Dayahang Rai

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