|A green screen rehearsal for "Palki."|
The board of directors of the Bangladesh Association of America Inc. (BAAI) invites the public to a unique “cinematic stage drama” Aug. 19 and 20 at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.
The show, titled “Palki,” is a technologically dependent musical drama fusing live theater and film, featuring original songs, special effects, projection mapping, chromatic keying, and watercolor backgrounds.
|The "Palki" cast. Samara Elahi (middle row, right) stars in the title role as a Bangladeshi girl named Palki.|
It will be shown Saturday, Aug. 19 at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. The Ernst Center is at 8333 Little River Turnpike. There is ample free parking.
“Palki” is in English. One of the goals of BAAI in presenting this show, the organization says, is “to give Americans, irrespective of their cultural backgrounds, an opportunity to enjoy a highly entertaining and exciting multicultural event.”
The drama is about a 16-year-old gifted and charming girl named Palki, who is preparing for marriage and lives in a village in Bangladesh. The lives of Palki and her sister are filled with contrasts – happiness and sorrow, laughter and tears. The show explores the relationships among the siblings and their mother as the dreams and expectations of Palki evolve in a story embedded in mystery and surprise.
The show is family friendly, says the producer, Andy Carluccio. There are some dark themes, however, so he would give it a PG-13 rating.