The Rogue Theater of Tucson performed the play Naga Mandala by Girish Karnard. Set in India, this play presents the oral tales narrated by women. The main story is about Rani, taken from her family to the marriage home of her new husband. Here she experiences her husband as two distinct persons. One is a stranger who keeps her locked in his house and appears only once a day for the midday meal. The other is a lover who arrives at night. We learn that the cobra can morph into what ever person he chooses.
At the center of the stage was a beautifully painted Mandala. Thought by many to be a symbol of sacred peace.
Use of hand carved masks worn by the actors identified various characters. Two puppets, one a dog and one the amazing cobra moved the story along.
The music was composed and performed on a variety of unique instruments by Matthew Finstrom.
Interpreted and Directed by Cynthia Meier, this was a 4**** production.