The Kennedy Center

Peter Brook Battlefield

Peter Brook's Battlefield

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spotlight on Directors Theater

Legendary director Peter Brook takes subject matter from his landmark production of The Mahabharata to stage this new play, in which a family is torn apart by war and trying to make sense of the horrors they've experienced... and perpetrated.

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"Breathtaking... a dazzling piece of theater"
The Guardian

“This is active, arresting drama…exceptional”
–The Washington Post

Legendary British director Peter Brook's colossal 1985 production of The Mahabharata is hailed as one of the greatest and most memorable theatrical productions of all time. His internationally renowned work was last seen at the Kennedy Center in Fragments in 2011 and The Suit in 2014. Now based in France, Brook comes together with frequent collaborators Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière to once again take inspiration from this sweeping epic poem of ancient India.  
Their new play from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Battlefield, is a revised and extended excerpt from The Mahabharata. War is ravaging the kingdom, and the Bharata family is being pulled at the seams. A new and untested king must face the devastation he has caused as his world crumbles around him and his people. This riveting story poses the enduring question: how can we find inner peace while the world rages around us?
Recommended for age 14 and up.

Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission. Performed in English.

Includes a free post-performance discussion with Marie-Helene Estienne on March 29.

Performance Note: There is no late seating for this performance. Please allow ample time to arrive at the Center and be seated before curtain time.