Theatre criticises extramarital affair

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:07, Apr 16,2018 | Updated: 00:39, Apr 17,2018


Sara Zaker and Ziaul Hasan Kislu perform in The Open Couple premiered at Bangladesh Mahila Samity Auditorium on Sunday. — Snigdha Zaman

Nagarik Natya Sampraday staged the premiere show of Italian playwright Dario Fo’s popular romantic comedy The Open Couple at Bangladesh Mahila Samity Auditorium on Sunday.
The play, adapted and directed by Sara Zaker, criticises extramarital affair.
Though the name of the female character in the original is Rame, Sara Zaker’s adaptation named it Ayesha. The only male character has no name.
‘I didn’t change the title of the play intentionally, but characters have been set against the backdrop of contemporary society,’ Sara Zaker told New Age.
The play opens with a wife threatening to commit suicide because of her husband’s infidelity. The husband can’t understand why he can’t have both wife and mistress. However, the husband gets infuriated and decides to commit suicide when the wife admits that she too has cheated on her husband.
Ziaul Hasan Kislu played the character of Husband and Sara Zaker played the character of wife.
Dario Fo wrote The Open Couple with his wife Franca Rame. The Italian censors restricted it to audiences over the age of 18 when Rame included as a prologue her monologue The Rape (inspired by her own rape).
The Open Couple was staged on the concluding day of Nagarik’s three-day golden jubilee festival. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor, president of the troupe Aly Zaker, thespian Ataur Rahman and actor Abul Hayat, among others, were present at the programme.

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