21:30, Thu 9th – Sat 11th March 2017 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 7
A 20-year-old, Pakistani inner-city girl Husna arrives at K.K. Harouni’s residence in Lahore. K.K.Harouni hails from an established land-owning family in Pakistan. He is elderly and powerful. The purpose of Husna’s stay is to learn typing, nevertheless right after her arrival, Husna and Harouni begin a sexual relationship. As the plot unfolds, Husna, originally a distant poorer relative of Harouni, learns to locate her social class among layers of servants and Harouni’s relatives. The plot reveals the corruption and tension deeply set in Pakistani land-owning society through Husna’s lens and the result of this injustice primarily for women in lower classes. At the end, Harouni dies leaving Husna humiliated and confused. The play is a tragi-comedy and is set in modern times.
The play is an adaptation of a short story by an American-Pakistani writer, Daniyal Mueenuddin. Daniyal’s collection was named “In Other Rooms, other Wonders” after this story. His collection was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.