Date(s) - 13/02/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance française du Bengale
Oscar and the Lady in Pink offers profound emotional and dramatic images to understand the complex human mind and relationship. Schmitt places all the characters within a wider context, the back-drop of the hospital, grounding the characters’ personal journeys within a broader moral, ethical and social framework. Schmitt’s sensitive portrayal of the complex relationships among the members of the society suggests both realism and a sense of tragedy. The story poignantly exposes the ways in which life and death are interlinked. And how both should be rejoiced and celebrated.
Schmitt explored the power and dignity of the human imagination and salvation in the face of death. The text is adapted in Bengali for the local audiences. It is set in a modern day hospital – exploring human relationships and the darkness of child cancer patients. This is an intimate piece, set indoors where the character’s lives play out.
Creative Team & Cast Members
Director – Mukul Ahmed
Translation – Shameem Chowdhury
Adaptation – Atik Rahman
Stage Management and Lighting Design – Rahman Polash
Oscar – Atik Rahman
Mamie – Rose and Peggie Blue – Sangeeta Chowdhury
Dr. Dusseldorf – Shamim Visti
Bhutta – Ahsan Shoron
“My name is Oscar and I’m ten years old…They call me Egghead and I look about seven. I live in hospital because of my cancer and I’ve never written to you because I don’t even know if you exist…”
Oscar, the narrator of this fresh fictional gem, is ten years old. Because his form of leukemia has not responded to treatment, he has been living in a French hospital for a very long time. His parents, who bring him gifts and surely love him, are uncomfortable during their infrequent visits. Dr. Dusseldorf and the nurses are kind, but indirect and distant in their communications with him. Because no one talks to him about his illness or what is likely to happen, he feels isolated, alone, and miserable.
When Mamie-Rose, a very elderly hospital “Pink Lady” (hospital volunteer) with an exotic past, enters Oscar’s life, she brings honesty, warmth, and comfort to the lost child known as Bald Egg. Guided by this incredible person– a blunt-spoken, irreverent woman who touches him, kisses him, and tells him wondrous stories of her combating feats– the boy grows stronger.
Of course Oscar is going to die. In addition to her generous companionship and her introductions of him to other children in the hospital, Mamie-Rose suggests letters to God as a way of feeling less lonely.
Oscar’s story is quite extraordinary– and unforgettable.