DFW Play presents Mohua, a lyrical tale of the timeless classic from the folklore of Bangladesh, specifically Mymensingh Geetika. It is an attempt to revive the ancient folk ballads through a modern presentation of live songs, music, narration and stylized movements. Originally written by Dwijo Kanai and later collected by Dr. Dinesh Chandra Sen, Mohua Sundari Pala remains the romantic tragedy that still so touching, simple and fascinating.
Expect this hour and a quarter of play with high energy drama, heart-wrenching ballads, visual imageries, rural dialects and a mystic journey. While a few have witnessed a partial version of the play in a much smaller black box stage at Perpendiculars 2018, this will be the full-length version on the proscenium stage. We hope to preserve a bit of our ancient, rich and artistic Bengali heritage through this exercise while being geographically, economically or culturally distant from the context.
‘Dear Journal’, original work from DFW Play Youth Theater, deals with mental health, social anxiety, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts directly. While we often like to push these issues under the rug swiftly, Youth Theater is not ashamed to talk about these in public. As a matter of fact, it might shed some light on how today’s youth are coping (or perhaps failing to cope).
The subject is dark and bold, and we hope to make it compelling. Expect gut-wrenching stories, soulful singing and high octane numbers throughout the drama.