WORLD STAGES: The Suit, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (France)
In renowned director Peter Brook's stage adaptation of a classic South African story, a lawyer forces his adulterous wife to treat her lover's left-behind suit as an honored guest.
- Mar. 11 - 13, 2014
- Terrace Theater
- 75 minutes
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Based on The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
Direction, adaptation, and musical direction by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne, and Franck Krawczyk
"Witty inventiveness… a world that brims with juicy, appetizing life. Everyone on stage is pretty close to perfect." --The New York Times
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When Philomen, a middle-class lawyer, catches his wife Matilda having an affair, he forces her to treat her lover's left-behind suit as an honored guest--feeding it, entertaining it, and taking it for walks as a constant reminder of her adultery. But the setting of Sophiatown, a teeming South African township that was erased under apartheid soon after Can Themba wrote his classic short story The Suit, is as much a character in the story as his unfortunate couple. Renowned director Peter Brook's French stage adaptation is now given new life by returning to the source language of English. Working with his long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne and composer Franck Krawczyk, they have adapted the play and set it to music from sources as diverse as Franz Schubert and Miriam Makeba. Brook and Estienne's work was last seen at the Kennedy Center in Samuel Beckett's Fragments in 2011.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 11
In English. Recommended for mature audiences.
Performance Timing: Approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.