Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi staged its political play Rajnaitik Hatya at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday.
An adaptation of French philosopher, novelist and political activist Jean Paul Sartre’s political play Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands), Rajnaitik Hatya has been translated by Arpita Ghosh and directed by Ratan Dev.
Sartre was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.
The play revolves around the assassination of a leftist leader and internal conflict within a left-wing political party in an imaginary country. The story of the play is told mainly in the form of flashback, with the killer describing how he assassinated the leader of his party.
The play is set in a fictional country named Illyria between the years 1943 and 1945. In the play, Hugo Barine, an anarchist, assassinates Hoederer, the leader of proletarian party.
In the play Hugo is seen talking to Olga, another policymaker of the party, regarding how he carried out the assassination. As Hugo describes the incident the audience begins to doubt whether the motives behind the killing were political or personal.
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