Dr Israfeel Shaheen is the director of the play 'Pheadra'
India, for the first time, is hosting the eighth edition of Theatre Olympics, one of the greatest carnivals of theater in the world, in New Delhi. The carnival will run for fifty days from February 17-April 8 next year.
Bangladeshi theater production 'Pheadra', directed by Dhaka University Theater department's professor Dr Israfeel Shaheen, has been invited to be staged in this carnival.
The carnival will feature 500 plays from across the world. The plays will be staged in various cities in India. Besides, there will be 700 ambience performance, exhibitions, seminars, symposia, interactive discussions and workshops will be held in this festival. Leading luminaries of world theater will take part.
Phaedra is a classical tragedy in five acts by French dramatist Jean Racine, performed and published in 1677. It is the most problematic tragedy written by Racine. Ever since its first publication in 1677, critics have been proposing the most diverse interpretations for this tragedy.
Racine's work is based on the play Hippolytus by the Greek playwright Euripides and addresses the same story, but it changes the focus from Hippolytus (Hippolyte), the stepson, to Phaedra, the stepmother.
After receiving false information that her husband, King Theseus, is dead, Phaedra accedes to her nurse Oenone's urging and tells Hippolyte (Hippolytus), that she is in love with him. He rejects her.
When Theseus returns, he is led to believe that Hippolyte is the aggressor toward Phaedra, and he invokes the aid of Neptune to destroy his son.
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