Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin France
Description The renowned Peter Brook—whose 1987 production of The Mahabharata inaugurated the BAM Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Theater)—returned in 2013 with a moving, music-filled adaptation of South African writer Can Themba’s story The Suit.
A wife caught in the act, her lover fleeing the scene, his suit left behind. It’s the perfect recipe for a husband’s punishing decree: go on with business as usual, he says to his spouse, but take the suit everywhere you go as a constant reminder of your betrayal. Featuring an innovative staging that integrates musicians directly into the action, Brook’s tender production—fresh from sold-out runs in Paris and London—makes Themba’s tightly crafted fable sing. A hummed “Strange Fruit,” African melodies, and Schubert lieder thicken the air of this apartheid-era summer in which a shared wound was not allowed to heal.