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A Directors Diary - Why Cat's Paw??

This is my first post as part of the Directors Diary:
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Cat's Paw was first offered to me by William in mid 2006, when I was in the process of staging "THE AFGHAN WOMEN". The first reading was done in a rush. The dialogues were dramatic, thought provoking and put together in very contemporary and ideal set - up. As such, the play was ideal for any type of audience.

A couple of readings convinced me as a director to stage the play. That and of course, if Bill gives it to me, then it should be good. But how would the audience take it? After all it is for them that we are staging the play right? Most importantly, the dreaded critics. They would probably mince the whole thing into chutney and then you would probably be scared for the next few months before you pick up another script. Especially when you are a kind of person who is highly sensitive and a bundle of emotions all the time. Should these be the criteria for decision making?…

Cat's Paw

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Published @ Bengaluru Theatre
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008.
Media: Internet - Bengaluru Theatre

A DreamScope Theatre Presentation
Written by: William Mastrosimone
Directed by: Puja Goyal
This season's most gripping satirical thriller!!
This is a gripping drama about an unusual terrorist, one who is brilliant, articulate and right? Victor is the head of a group responsible for a bomb attack at the White House in which 27 people have been killed. He has a television news reporter led to his lair so she can tell the world why he has done what he has done. Victor's obsession is the destruction of the world's water supply and, with it, the final destruction of the human race by pollution. When the reporter asks if he feels any guilt about the death of the 27 innocent people, he replies that hundreds of innocent people die every hour because of what mankind is doing to its water supply and do the people responsible feel guilt for this? The cat and mouse game between the young woman rep…

Cat's Paw

CAT'S-PAW is a one act play on a group of eco-warriors who seek to “shock and awe” the world into stopping the polluters of the Earth’s fresh water supply, while colluding with the global business of news reportage to get their message heard.
Cat's Paw is DreamScope Theatre's third venture in collaboration with Hollywood Writer William Mastrosimone. Previously, we have staged Bang Bang You're Dead and The Afghan Women. Cat's Paw written by Mastrosimone and directed by Puja Goyal is a gripping drama about an unusual terrorist, one who is brilliant, articulate and right? Victor is the head of a group responsible for a bomb attack at the EPA Building in which 17 people have been killed. He has a television news reporter led to his lair so she can tell the world why he has done what he has done. Victor's obsession is the destruction of the world's water supply and, with it, the final destruction of the human race by pollution. When the reporter asks if he feels…

William Mastrosimone

WILLIAM MASTROSIMONE (Playwright) made his debut with THE WOOLGATHERER in 1981, which later won the Los Angeles Drama Critics ward for Best play of 1982. His play EXTREMITIES won the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play of 1982-1983, the John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and later became a feature film by the same title. His pay NANAWATAI! Opened in Bergen, Norway, at Den National scene; it later became a film called THE BEAST directed by Kevin Reynolds and won the 1988 Roxanne T. Mueller Award for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival. His five-hour mini-series, SINATRA was broadcast in November 1992, and won the 1992 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-series.

He wrote the feature film WITH HONORS and THE BURNING SEASON, an HBO feature about the life of Brazilian hero Chico Mendes, for which he received The Humanitas Award and an Emmy nomination. He recently completed a screenplay for Columbia Pictures entitled ARK OF AFRICA. His play TAMER OF HORSES won …