A recluse character in a seaside boarding house is always suspicious of newcomers. Two strangers arrive to coincidentally observe his birthday party and accuse him of murdering his wife. Not long after they take him away.
This came alive in “Who is Stanley?”, an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party (1957), acted out by students of the Department of English and Humanities (ENH) of Brac University (BracU).
Pinter is internationally renowned as one of the most complex and challenging post-World War II British dramatists. In 2005 he won the Nobel Prize for literature.
The students performed the play in BracU’s Mohakhali campus auditorium on Tuesday, 9 April 2019, as a part of their academic course ENG 461 of Spring 2019.
Among the students, Golam Benyeaz took on the role of Petey, Farhan Masud of Stanley, Saberi Amin of Meg, Shahad Muktadir of McCann, Smia Rahman of Lulu and Tauhidur Rahman of Goldberg.
The set and props were prepared by Zerin Jahan, Mahzabeen Alam Maria, Samina Alam Prachi, Nubaria Ahmed, Sanzana Rafa and Shazia Azim.
Humaira Maisa Mahmud, Afsara Tasnim, Celia Sandra Gomes, Tasfia Nusrat, Jamila Jalali and Mairuna Farhin prepared the costumes.
The editing and prompting team included Tasnia Shahrin, Jahin Kaiisaar, Shahad Muktadir, Rubaiat Tasnia Alam and Rosemary Zenith.
Sumaiya Tasnim, Farhin Rahman, Fatema Mehnaz, Nusrat Yasmin Esha, Lamia Saiyara and Wahid Arefin Chowdhury handled advertisement.
Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam and Professor Firdous Azim, the department chairperson, were present while lecturer Anika Saba of the department facilitated the event.