Date(s) - 25/07/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance française du Bengale
The new session of Theatre ADDA presents THE LESSON, a play of Eugene Ieonesco
About “The Lesson” by Eugene Ieonesco
Translation: Udayan Ghosh
Duration: Around 45 minutes (One act play)
Student- Sampreeti Chakraborty
Maid- Debarati Ghosh, Sumana Mitra, Siddhartha Pal
Costume Design- Tanupam Naru
Assistance- Sujay Das, Bibhas Mukherjee
The Lesson is a well-known absurd play. The student comes to the professor for preparing for Doctorate. The professor starts asking absurd questions to the student, like, what is one plus one?
Or whose capital is Kolkata? Whenever the student is giving correct answer the delighted professor replies, ‘How much you know! You will certainly get doctorate.’ Although the student can’t subtract 3 from 4, she has memorised all the multiplications. Losing all hope of teaching mathematics, professor starts a new subject, ‘Linguistics’. The moment professor starts teaching linguistic to her, the pain starts in her tooth. In between the maid repeatedly arrives in the study room and warns professor & forbids to teach. But Why? Is the maid getting any clue of something dangerous? It can’t be understood. The pain increases, & the professor starts getting irritated. At the end, the student gets murdered by the angry professor. From the maid it can be known that it is the fortieth murder.
39 students are murdered before in the same process, but the game of education doesn’t stop.
Again a new student arrives.
Prasthan has arranged this proscenium play as an intimate play. In this production the alter ego of the professor are three maids (in the original play there was only one maid, but here we have three
maids) & they are always present in the arena, observes everything, like ‘Panopticon’. Although the play reveals the educational system in the upper layer, but there are many issues that links with the play, like the domination of knowledge, seduction, power of attraction, the mental complexity like bipolar disorder. This classis play is interpreted in a different way by Prasthaan.