Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged Bon Manush at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
An adaptation of American playwright Eugene O’ Neill’s The Hairy Ape, Bon Manush depicts hardship of the working class people in a society controlled by the rich.
Directed by Baqar Bakul, the play portrays how capitalism takes a heavy toll on the working class by following the protagonist of the play Yank, who works at a ship.
The one-act play opens with Yank who is highly proud of his physical strength and appearance. He works as a fireman at a ship.
However, when Yank meets Mildred, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and one of the owners of the ocean liner ship Yank works for, he eventually undergoes an identity crisis after Mildred refers to Yank as a filthy beast.
Yank starts to search for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich.
He leaves the ship and goes into the city only to find that he does not belong anywhere. In a desperate search for social belonging, Yank goes to the zoo where he wrestles with an ape and gets killed.
‘The play is a tragedy which shows how capitalism and industrialisation takes a heavy toll on the working class by alienating them from the society,’ Baqar Bakul, director of Bon Manush, told New Age.
Prachyanat actors Shashanka Saha, Toufiqul Islam Emon, Sadika Swarna, Azhar Uddin, Sohel Mondal and others acted in the play, which was the last theatre show at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy before Eid.
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