Assamese Adaptation of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Staged in Guwahati

Produced by Aikyatan, a socio-cultural organization based in Guwahati, the play was translated by Suresh Kumar and directed by filmmaker Prodyut Kumar Deka.

Apr 6, 2024 - 14:37
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Assamese Adaptation of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton Staged in Guwahati

An Assamese adaptation of American playwright and screenwriter, Tennessee Williams’ 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, was staged at the Surya Club Auditorium in Guwahati Club on April 3 and 4, 2024. Titled 27 Gari Kopah, the play opened to houseful shows on both the days.

Produced by Aikyatan, a socio-cultural organization based in Guwahati, the play was translated by Suresh Kumar and directed by filmmaker Prodyut Kumar Deka. The production featured actor Mridupaban Dutta as Jake Meighan, singer and actress Queen Hazarika as Flora Meighan, and actor Atonu Kashyap as Silva Vicarro in the key roles.

Queen Hazarika shone as Flora Meighan, Jakes delicate young wife, as she brings in depth and the emotional aspects of the character alive. Based entirely on the conversations between the three characters, the play explores themes of power, greed, domination and exploitation. Mridupaban Dutta plays the character of Jake Meighan who appears to be of doubtful discretion. He strikes a balance between being a loving and menacing husband, providing us with the image of a man who does not like to take any rejection or challenge against his words. Atonu Kashyap as Silva further increases the suspense by introducing questionable motivations at every turn of his dialogues.

The play was performed in the memory of actors and Aikyatan’s close collaborators, late Jayanta Das and Mrinal Das. The settings of the play and makeup were done by Namrata Dutta and Babi Chakrabarty respectively. The lighting was done by Pona Kalita and the background music was given by Dhanjit Boro.

 

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