BORO HOLO J (J Comes of age)
A BANGLA PLAY (with English supertitles) BY SANKHA BHOWMICK
Tickets: General - $15; Graduate Students- $12; Kids (12 and below)- $10
Boro Holo Ja, an award winning play being staged by Off-Kendrik, has its roots in Sukumar Ray’s (Satyajit Ray's dad) Bengali classic “Ha Ja Ba Ra La”, which in turn was inspired by Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland”. In Ray’s original tale a young, unnamed child, similar to Alice, falls asleep under a shady tree and wakes up to a world occupied by talking animals, unidentifiable creatures and strange humans. Boro Holo Ja is a Bengali anagram of Ha Ja Ba Ra La, but unlike the nonsensical title of the original, the anagram spells out “Ja Comes of Age”. The young child of Ha Ja Ba Ra La, now named Ja, is currently in New York. He appears to be a daily jobber in today’s rat race, a slave to the capitalist machine, but is he truly? This play follows Ja in his plight through a world inhabited by demanding bosses, slick consultants, lawyers seeking frivolous lawsuits, media savvy entrepreneurs, and fast talking hedge fund managers. Through a series of episodes, the play presents a satirical look at today’s capitalistic society. The style of the play falls within the theater of the absurd, and is reminiscent of works by Stoppard, Beckett, Ionesco, Pinter and others.
Off-Kendrik is an 'independent' Bangla theater group in the greater Boston area. Several members of the group trace their theater inspiration to the' group theater' movement in Kolkata. The group produces plays based on 'original' writing by group members or adaptation from Bangla literature including poetry. Our work can be found at www.offkendrik.blogspot.com. Some samples are present on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Off-Kendrik.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.eventedge.biz/event/Boro-Holo-J-J-comes-of-age/189.html OR Call: Sankha @8572054985; Souvik@7163100403