Let Me Out staged at Mahila Samity

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 20,2019

 
 

A scene from Let Me Out.— Abdullah Apu

Theatre troupe Tarua began its journey on April 19 with premiere of its debut production Let Me Out, a play featuring police misconduct, political corruption and state brutalities.
Written by Runa Kanchon and directed by Bakar Bakul, the play is based on a true event that happened almost a hundred years ago in Los Angeles, USA.
Tarua staged the third and fourth show of the play at Dr Nilima Ibrahim Hall of Bangladesh Mahila Samity on Friday and Saturday respectively.
The play revolves around the single mother Christine Collins’-who has lost her nine year old son Walter-allegation against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for its incompetence, corruption and the extrajudicial punishment meted out by its notorious ‘Gun Squad’.
Several months after Walter’s disappearance and Christine being devastated by administrative obstruction, the police tells Christine that the boy has been found alive believing that positive publicity will negate the recent criticism of the department.
Christine, who is later on labeled as a mad woman for not accepting the boy found by the police department as her son, continues to fight against police misconduct and political bankruptcy.
Runa Kanchon, Ishtiak Hossain, Sohel Mandol, Tahsin Ahmed, Javed Jimi and others acted in the play.
The playwright has used books like Anthony Flacco’s ‘The Road out of Hell’, James Jeffrey Paul’s ‘Nothing is Strange with You’ and Clint Eastwood’s film ‘Changeling’ to pen the play.
‘What happened in 1928 in Los Angeles is not just history- the past is still very much present. Let Me Out came to me as I saw how the administration and jurisdiction of a government rank with corruption, line their pockets at the misery of the people it is meant to serve,’ said Bakar Bakul.

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