12 leading playwrights (3 each in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English) wrote 10 min plays based on a common theme. They had only twelve hours to write them. 12 top directors picked one of the scripts from a random list. They then had 24 hours to create a production, choosing from a group of 48 actors. The 12 plays in four languages were then performed back to back at Prithvi Festival in 2005.
“Nothing like this can ever be achieved again” declared theatre veteran Satyadev Dubey who watched the momentous performance…Besides entertaining, 36 Ghante was successful in breaking the language barrier. Most audience members did not know at least one of the four languages but appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed each performance… The night truly belonged to Rage, who dared to take up a difficult task and make a great show of it.”
Aditi Sharma, Mumbai Mirror
“There was a unique synergy at work here…Rage certainly achieved something important – a concern they’ve shown with their work on Writers’ Bloc as well – in fostering creative relationships and associations between playwrights, directors and actors. Judging by how well the first time associations worked, one can hope that these relations will flourish in time to produce more exciting drama in Bombay”