Theatre troupe Stage One Dhaka staged The Zoo Story, a translation of Edward Albee’s play with the same title, at EMK Centre in Dhanmondi on Saturday.
The one act play has been translated into Bangla by Dominic Gomes. The Zoo Story brings to light issues like isolation, loneliness, disparity and dehumanisation of people in today’s materialistic world.
The play revolves around two men namely Peter and Jerry played by Bappaditto Chowdhury and Tonmoy Biswas.
Peter and Jerry meet on a park bench. Peter leads a normal life. He is happily married with two children, while Jerry is a disheartened man desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He begins to talk with Peter and forces him to listen to his stories.
Jerry tells Peter the story of two gay men who were in a relationship for two years. He tells Peter another story of a lonely landlady and a tenant boy. The boy did not like the lady at all. She sometimes hugged the boy forcibly. The woman had a dog. The boy planned to poison the dog by mixing rat poison with dog food. However, the dog did not die. The boy took pity on the animal and fell in love
Peter finds the stories weird and tries to leave but a desperate Jerry pulls a knife on Peter and forces him to stay.
A houseful audience enjoyed the play.
‘I have really enjoyed the play. The play metaphorically addressed many important issues. The actors also deserve credit for their wonderful performances,’ Nishita Akther, an audience member, told
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