Audition Call : Toba Tek Singh


Naatak Presents its 57th Production – Our Largest Yet!

Saadat Hasan Manto’s

Toba Tek Singh

A Grand Musical in Hindi

Audition Date: Sunday, April 2

Audition Venue: Naatak House, 2110D Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, CA

Show Dates: July 9 – 29, 2017
Show Venue: Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, Woodside, CA

Adapted for the stage and Directed by Sujit Saraf

Produced by Soumya Agastya

About the Play

It is 1948. The governments of India and Pakistan decide that, as has happened with the rest of their population, lunatics in their mental asylums must be exchanged. Muslim lunatics in India are to be sent to Pakistan, while Hindu and Sikh lunatics in Pakistan will be sent to India. In an asylum in Lahore, a Sikh lunatic whom everyone calls Toba Tek Singh refuses to go. Based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s celebrated short story, TOBA TEK SINGH is a grand musical – performed with live music and dance, fascinating sets and costumes – that observes the madness of Partition through the eyes of a madman, and lays bare its agony through humor, tragedy, and the silly antics of lunatics. TOBA TEK SINGH is the second of four productions in Naatak’s 2017 Season.

This will be the largest production in Naatak’s 21-year history. There will be as many as 50 people on stage performing 9 shows at Woodside High School.


Roles Available

Group 1: ONE woman, age 25-40
Group 2: THREE women, age 40-60
Group 3: SIX men, age 25-40
Group 4: FIVE men, age 40-65
Group 5: THREE men, 65-80

Group 6: ONE woman, age 40-50
Group 7: ONE man, 40-50

Time and Venue

Sunday, April 2
NAATAK HOUSE, 2110D Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara

How to Audition

1. RSVP to Mention previous theater experience if any.
2. You will receive a time slot between 9 am and 1 pm.
3. Come with a monologue (2 minutes, Hindi) that involves movement.
4. If shortlisted, you will be called back at 2 pm the same day.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals begin in late April and continue through early July, 3 times a week at NAATAK HOUSE in Santa Clara. Not everyone comes to every rehearsal – those with smaller roles can expect to rehearse once or twice a week until the play is imminent.

Sets and Props

This play will have spectacular sets and props. Help us build them! If you don’t have previous set construction experience, we will train and mentor you.


Help us design and arrange costumes for this play. Like sets, costumes will be fanciful and imaginative, and we will train and mentor those who do not have previous experience.


This will be the largest production in Naatak’s 21 year-history. We will market it aggressively, and we would love to have you join our marketing team.

We also need creative people to help us imagine lights, make-up, ticketing and a dozen other aspects of this unique play. Please contact