…. or Escaping Fate is Futile, put on the stage by Chennai’s theater group Perch and Rafiki at Adishkati. A play “How To Skin a Giraffe” was inspired by Georg Buchner’s “Leonce and Lena” , directed by Rajiv Krishnan. In Leonce and Lena Buchner takes gently ironical look at some of his favorite subject – idleness and boredom, love, autocratic government and people as puppets among other things, treating all these in an absurd vein.
Theater group Perch and Rafiki have used the comic and absurd nature of the original play as the starting point for their own interpretation.
They have added live music, simple stage set and colorful costumes, and the play is conveyed in many languages of India, English, and a bit of German.
“How To Skin a Giraffe” was a part of a month long festival “Remembering Veenapani Chavla” at Adishakti.
Leonce and Lena (German: Leonce und Lena) is a play by Georg Buchner (18131837) which is considered a comedy, but is actually a satire veiled in humor. It was written in the spring of 1836 for a competition ‘for the best one- or two-act comedy in prose or verse’ sponsored by the Stuttgart publisher Cotta. However, Büchner missed the submission deadline and the play was returned to him unread. It was premiered almost 60 years later, on May 31, 1895, in an outdoor performance by the Munich Company Intimes Theater, directed by Ernst von Wolzogen and with the involvement of Max Halbe and Oskar Panizza, illustrating the fact that Büchner only gained prominence as a writer in the 20th century.
Erich Kästner considered Leonce and Lena to be one of the six most important classic comedies of the German language.