Dhaka Theatre will stage their 37th production; “Ponchanari Akhyan” today at 7pm at the Mahila Samiti Mancha in the capital's Baily Road area, says a press release. This is the 50th staging of the play. Written by Harun Rashid, the play has been directed by Shahiduzzaman Selim. Rosy Siddique plays five different roles in the monodrama.
Stories of five girls are woven into the plot of the play. Jolekha, Antora, Monoroma, Morium and Momtaz -- all confined to a boundary created by a rigid patriarchal society. Women are still not recognised as individuals and they are subjugated by their male counterparts. The play speaks for women through portraying their agonies in different social contexts. “Panchanari Akhyan” combines stories from different social settings and times but in every story women are neglected.
Afzal Hossain has done the set design while Shimul Yousuff and Chandan Chowdhury have jointly done the background scores. Nasrin Nahar and Wasim Ahmed have done costume design and light design respectively for the play.