Edison, New Jersey (PressExposure) April 20, 2009 -- ECTA Inc. will be staging their latest production "Banaprastha (The Retirement)" (a play in Bengali with subtitles in English) at the Edison Valley Playhouse, 2196 Oak Tree Road, Edison NJ on May 16th (6.00pm), 17th(4.00pm), 30th(6.00pm), 31st(4.00pm). Tickets are $20.00 and can be reserved by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details about the play visit http://www.ectainc.org/.
The play tells the story of a senior Bengali virologist Dr. Parijat Sen, who returns to India, after retiring from his medical practice of 35 years, to find peace, tranquility and solace amongst his family and old friends. But soon he discovers that his nemesis has followed him and he has nowhere to hide.
The play, on multiple levels, depicts the rapid change in the economic, social and cultural life that is happening in India today due to the effects of globalization. The changes are too drastic for a person like Parijat Sen whose perception of his native land is nearly unchanged from the time he left for the U.S. But when he arrives in the city of his youth, he finds that there is hardly any difference between the middle-class life in New York and that in Kolkata. And in the process of his rude awakening, he encounters his old nemesis - the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV. He finds that the virus has climbed its way through the social ranks and is now infiltrating the middle class. Dreadfully he also finds that this so-called educated and enlightened society is in a state of denial and refuses to deal with the disease - just the way he saw it happen during the early days of his career in the States.
The play is written by Sudipta Bhawmik and directed by Indranil Mukjerjee. The cast includes some very talented, well known and experienced film and stage actors like Gargi Mukherjee, Samya Goswami, Subhodev Das, Keka Sirkar, Kaninika Dutta, Sudipta Bhawmik, Indranil Mukherjee, Pradeep Ramdas, Kaushik Datta, and Lilabati Majumdar
ECTA (Ethnomedia Center for Theater Arts) Inc., a non-profit theater company, is dedicated to the development and promotion of Indian art and culture in USA. ECTA, over the past few years, have earned the distinction of producing plays that are related to our immigrant life and experience. They have staged their shows all across USA and also in India. Some of their productions, like "Phera" (The Return), "Kaalsuddhi" (The Redemption), and "Durghatana" (The Accident), "Ron" and "Satyameva" (Truth Only) have won the hearts of the theater lovers in this country and in India.