Rajitha Dissanayake’s latest play ‘NethuwaBeriMinihek’ (A Man Much Needed) returns to the Lionel Wendt Theatre on January 14 at 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm.
‘Nethuwa’Beri’Minihek’ revolves around the family of Jayantha, a Sinhala nationalist businessman who enjoyed close ties with the previous regime, and worries for his future in the transformed political climate. Jayantha’s son returns from London with a Tamil friend who is in search of his mother who went missing during the war. Meanwhile, Jayantha’s daughter is trying to make contact with her estranged mother, who left when she and her brother were toddlers. ‘Nethuwa Beri Minihek’ depicts the ultimate fate of these individuals, who embark on a quest for lost power and love.
Rajitha Dissanayake ranks among the leading original playwrights to emerge in the last two decades and has produced popular and award-winning plays like ‘Weeraya Merila’, ‘Sihina Horu Aran’, ‘Apahu Herenna Be’, ‘Bakamoona Veedi Basi’ and ‘Adara Wasthuwa’. His scripts focus on burning socio-political issues and have drawn crowds, sparked debate, won awards and toured internationally.
The cast of ‘Nethuwa Beri Minihek’ comprises Dharmapriya Dias, Shyam Fernando, Nadeeshani Peliarachchi,Bimsara Premaratne, Pasan Ranaweera, Anuradha Mallawarachchi, Nalin Lusena, Charindra Chandrasena and Kasun Chathuranga.
The music design is by Kapila Poogalarachchiand make-up by Priyantha Dissanayake. The lighting is by Ranga Samarakoon and costume design by Nalin Lusena and Samadara Mabuluge. Vijith Nuwan and Nalin Lusena will be the stage managers.