FESTIVAL OF WORLD THEATRE
Two tragedies, a comedy to be staged todayCultural Correspondent
Two tragedies and a comedy will be staged on the second day of the ongoing Festival aof World Theatre, arranged by Mohakal Natya Sampradaya, today.
Prachyanat will stage Bon Manush at the National Theatre Hall and Bunan Theatre will stage Chaka at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy; and the theatre troupe Nabanat will stage Bhelki at the Chhayanaut auditorium.
Bon Manush is an adaptation of the play The Hairy Ape written by the American playwright Eugene O’Neill. The play, directed by Baqar Bokul, features the injustice that the working class people are forced to undergo through the tragic story of the protogonist named Yank.
Bunan’s production Chaka is a famous play by late iconic playwright Selim Al Deen. The play is directed Anan Zaman.
Set against the backdrop of the anti-autocratic movement in the late 1980s in the country, Chaka features a tragic story that satirizes the concept of welfare state. It begins with a corpse carried on a cart by a puller who has been assigned by government officials to deliver it to its relatives. But the address given to the cart puller is a vague one, and being so, the puller fails to deliver the corpse. Finally he, along with two others, buries the corpse.
Bhelki is an adaptation of a French play ‘Les Forberis de Escaping’ by the famous French playwright Mollier. SK Ratan directed the play while it was originally translated by Shawkat Osman.
The story, contextualised in the Old Dhaka revolves around two families of Yasin Molla and Azmol Bepari, both of whom are rich businessmen of the area. Their sons, individually, secretly marry their beloved ones in their fathers’ absence. The twist in the play in introduced when the two fathers return from a business trip with marriage plans for their sons. Keramot Ali, who is an honest servant of Azmol Bepari plays the most important and humorous role to solve all the problems. But he also does not forget to harass his master for being a miser.
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