THE LESSON

In Assamese

Assamese adaptation     : Baharul Islam

Duration 70 mints

Design and Direction      : BHAGIRATHI

THE LESSON

ON STAGE

Baharul Islam

Bhagirathi

Barkha Bahar

Jiya Bahar

OFF STAGE

Script                                               : Eugene Ionesco

Assamese adaptation                                    : Baharul Islam

Light                                                 : Dhiraj

Set execution                                          : Moon and Monoj

Costume                                             : Bhagirathi

Music                                               : Baharul Islam

Music operation                                        : Rajib Medhi

Production controller                                     : Dinesh Kakati

THE LESSON

SYNOPSIS

The silence is broken by a racket of repeated clanging – the doorbell. It is the Student, and she is here for her lesson. Bright, young and eager to learn, she immediately puts the nervous, bumbling Professor on edge.

What follows is a brilliantly absurdist foray into the nature of education, challenging the audience’s perceptions of what it means to be taught a lesson. As the balance of power shifts and the Professor forces his unwilling Student to learn, Marie the maid cautions him again and again not to over-exert himself. But as Arithmetic leads to Philology, and Philology leads to Crime… the play reaches its startling climax.

Darkly comic and insistently thought-provoking, “The Lesson” is one of Ionesco’s most accessible plays, and promises a spellbinding afternoon’s entertainment for all and sundry.

THE LESSON

DIRECTORS NOTE

Personally, I don’t like so much complexity in the relationship. Whereas the practical life is not like a picture in black and white.

An Absurdist Classic A professor awaits a fresh pupil’s arrival, brushing off the maid’s warnings of the dark things that may come of yet another lesson…

The pupil arrives, eager to learn — seemingly promising and bright…

But as the pupil’s limitations become evident, the professor’s frustration grows, and the day’s lesson takes its foreshadowed, perilous turn.

This potent “Comic Drama” has the power to frighten and delight as only Absurdist plays can. A cocktail of violence — psychological and physical — and comedy that ranges from screwball to inky black, the play is as fresh and relevant today as at its premier nearly 60 years ago.

To learn I am trying to explore the situations of the play only…

Bhagirathi

seagull

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