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Alekhine's Greatest Defeat by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. Chorus. The characters include Ramanujan Varadachary, an old Indian story-teller - a sutradhari, as he is called in Indian drama tradition and his younger self in the 1920s. The (non-speaking) chorus comprises student chess players in 1920s Paris.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Split-stage set, simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame One in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Varadachary, the story teller, relates how he witnessed Russian Grand Master Alexander Alekhine fall in love whilst losing a chess match in Paris to a beautiful student.
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Apple Strudel, Chess and Ethics by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Five in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Albert Einstein challenges J. Robert Oppenheimer to a chess match, with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar looking on, as they discuss physics and ethics in the lead-up to the Manhattan Project.
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Chess as Felony by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 3. Minimum total without doubling = 6. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Ten in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Convicts Claude Bloodgood and Ram Varadachary take a train with their guard to a chess tournament, but on the train they play a game for high stakes.
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The Emperor's Last Victory by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus. The characters are Ramanujan Varadachary, an old Indian story-teller - a sutradhari, as he is called in Indian drama tradition, an Indian museum curator, the Emperor Napoleon, Napoleon's Aide de camp and his wife.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Two in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Napoleon, exiled on St. Helena, uses a chess game with Bertrand, his aid de camp, to review his career, philosophy and military strategy.
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The Filming of Das Kapital by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus. Two of the characters make a brief non-speaking appearance (and therefore could be regarded as optional).
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Nine in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. A Bollywood producer has plans to make a film of the life of Karl Marx, part of which is played out through a chess game. An amateur theatre group - including the author! - runs through the script (and the chess game), criticising the producer's distortions of history!
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The Heretic Queen by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 6. No chorus. Two of the characters are boys (age unspecified).
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Eight in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. The painter El Greco challenges the Lord High Admiral of the Spanish navy to a chess match on the eve of the launch of the Armada to invade Queen Elizabeth's England. (The other El Greco - the chess master - takes notes!)
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The Love Gambit by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 6. Minimum total without doubling = 6. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Six in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Varadachary recalls New Years Eve, 1944 when Humphrey Bogart challenged Lauren Bacall to a chess match - and much more.
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The Parable of the Chess Game by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Eleven in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. Varadachary, revolutionary and storyteller, coming to the end of his life, receives a lesson in non-violent revolution from the spirits of his gurus, Ghandi and Tolstoy.
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A Servant Plays for High Stakes by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 8. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA combination of Indian storytelling and chess! Simple props, but needs a means of displaying the chess moves to the audience.
SynopsisGame Four in the Varadachary Chess Cycle. British Chess Champion Sultan Khan recreates his 1932 defeat of Frederick Yates as an allegory for Gandhi's non-violent resistance to British colonial occupation of India.
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The Spartan Conspiracy by Vithal Rajan
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 9. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 35 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act satire.
SynopsisMenelaus, Ulysses and Agamemnon meet with Achilles to discuss the disastrous rise in the price of Olive Oil, instigated by the Trojans. How can they prompt a war with Troy to combat the oil price? Then they send for Helen...
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