Production

Battlefield

September 13 – 18, 2016


Alternate Title Mahabharata
Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin France
Description Peter Brook’s internationally renowned team—Marie-Hélène Estienne and Jean-Claude Carrière—revisit the great Indian epic The Mahabharata 30 years after Brook’s legendary production captivated the theater world—and inaugurated the BAM Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey). It was renovated expressly by former BAM President and Executive Producer Harvey Lichtenstein for Brook to house the original production in the US. But whereas the nine-hour original was as expansive and immersive as its source material, Battlefield—at just over an hour—is a minimalist theatrical consideration of “the bitter taste of defeat” (Brook) embedded in military “victories” that often come at an incomprehensible cost. Featuring four actors and one musician, the play focuses on Prince Yudhishthira as he grapples with the central question of how to live with himself in light of the devastation and massacres that he has caused. Lauded as “luminous and potent” (The Independent) in its UK debut, Battlefield’s exploration of a world grappling with the effects of extreme violence feels simultaneously topical and timeless.
Identifier 2016f.00980

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