Peter Brook Theatre des Bouffes du Nord: 'The Suit'

Sunday, April 13, 2014
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Macgowan Hall - Freud Playhouse

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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-Héléne Estienne and Franck Krawczyk.  

Renowned theater and film director Peter Brook brings us a music-filled adaptation of a poignant original story from South African writer Can Themba.

'The Suit' is a tragic tale of betrayal and resentment as a scorned husband takes out his anger, pain and frustration on his wife. The suit her lover left behind takes on the symbolic embodiment of him and becomes the tool of her husband’s aggression. The suit is a constant and painful reminder of her adultery and through its presence, tension erupts, sorrow abides and the couple’s inability to heal is invoked.

Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Brook’s innovative staging integrates live musicians performing African melodies and Schubert lieder. The original novel 'The Suit,' written by Themba, was banned in his native country as he was exiled during apartheid. The play’s setting of Sophiatown—a teeming township that was erased shortly after Themba wrote his novel—is as much a part of the story as the unfortunate couple.

The Suit was originally brought to the stage in the early ‘90s at Johannesburg’s Market Theater by Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon. Brook then adapted the work for a French-language production and now revives it again for English-speaking audiences.

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