For the past 23 years, RAGE has kept audiences all around the world entertained through productions such as I’m not Bajirao, A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, Class of ’84, and Jesus Christ Superstar, among others.
Rage’s journey started in 1992 with ‘Are There Tigers in the Congo?’ a powerful play on AIDS. From there on out, RAGE’s journey through Indian theatre has been an eventful one. The Rage trio - Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel and Rahul da Cunha, have since produced some of India’s most memorable productions - I’m not Bajirao, which ran for over a hundred shows and Class of ’84, which has completed over 200 performances, to name a few. The company has been running the Writers’ Bloc playwrights programme since 2002, known nationwide as the only new writing programme in the country which puts the playwright at the focal point of the theatre process. The project has worked with 32 playwrights from all across India to date and 32 new plays in different languages all of which have been staged at the Writers’ Bloc festival, which began in 2004. The last festival was held in January 2012, in which 12 plays in three languages from 5 cities were premiered. With the fourth edition of Writer’s Bloc scheduled for 2015, the festival promise to deliver a plethora of plays this year.
Rahul daCunha began his theatre career in 1984, directing Tom Topor's courtroom drama Nuts.
In 1991, his production of Gurcharan Das's Larins Sahib, was the first Indian play to be staged at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Along with his friends Shernaz Patel and Rajit Kapur, Rahul founded RAGE in 1992. In 1996, he indianised and adapted Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport , calling it I'm Not Bajirao, starring Boman Irani and Sudhir Joshi, which ran for over 200 performances. In 2002, he started writing his own plays - Class Of ‘84 (2003), Pune Highway (2004) and Me, Kash & Cruise (2008).
His plays have travelled to Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Muscat, Dubai and the U.S.
Shernaz Patel has been a part of the English theatre in India for the past 30 years.
A Charles Wallace scholar, Shernaz holds a Masters degree in Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She started her acting career with The Diary of Anne Frank in 1984 and later went on to play leading roles in such milestone plays as Letters to My Daughter, Antigone, Nuts, Six Degrees of Separation and Love Letters. Her recent theatre work includes The Glass Menagerie, One on One, Blackbird, Molly Sweeney, Breathe in Breathe Out and Class of ‘84.
Aside from theatre, Shernaz has an illustrious acting career in cinema, having featured in movies such Black, Guzaarish, Rockstar, Lamha and Talaash to name a few.
A committed film and theatre artiste, Rajit Kapur is literally ‘a man of many parts.’
In 1986, Rajit stormed the Prithvi stage with The Night of January 16. He followed that acclaimed performance with The Glass Menagerie, essaying the role of The Gentlemen Caller. Nearly 25 years later, Rajit revisited his love for Tennessee Williams’ script, by directing Rage’s latest production, which premiered in November, 2013. He has been a regular presence on the Indian stage since the 80’s, with memorable performances in Nuts, Mr. Behram, Broadway Bound, Love Letters, Larins, Class of ‘84, Pune Highway, One on One, Me, Kash and Cruise and A Walk in The Woods.
Rajit’s acting career in feature films commenced with Shyam Benegal’s Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda in 1992. His performance in The Making of the Mahatma led to him winning a National Award for Best Actor in 1995. He later won the Kerala State Award for Best Actor in 1998 for his Malayalam film debut Agnisakshi. His other film credits include Ghulam, Well Done Abba, Yeh Mera India, Guzaarish, Shaitan, Dishkyaoon and Singh Saab the Great.
Since the past 23 years, RAGE has kept audiences all around the world entertained. Through productions such as I’m not Bajirao, A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, Class of ’84, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pune Highway, Girish Karnad’s Flowers, One On One, Me, Kash & Cruise, Chaos Theory, Mahua, Jaal, The Djinns Of Eidgah, The Bureaucrat and most recently - Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Rage has earned themselves a loyal fan following not only in India, but also in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bonn, Dubai, South Korea, London, Malaysia, Muscat, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the USA.