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The Suit

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US Premiere
Jan 17—Feb 2, 2013
RUN TIME: 1hr 15min
SINGLE TICKETS:  Starts at $25
+  Post-Show Artist Talk on Fri, Jan 18
January 2013
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Thursday January 17, 2013
Performances no longer available.

Based on The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
Direction, adaptation, and music by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne, and Franck Krawczyk

“Everyone onstage is pretty close to perfect.”
—The New York Times

The renowned Peter Brook—whose 1987 production of The Mahabharata inaugurated the BAM Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Theater)—returns 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.

Lighting design by Philippe Vialatte
Scenic elements and costume design by Oria Puppo
Assistant director Rikki Henry
Read the BAM program notes for The Suit
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Related Content
The Suit in Context 

Get to know director Peter Brook, learn more about Can Themba, and more in this curated selection of articles, videos, original blog pieces, and more related to The Suit.

Post-Show Artist Talk  

with Peter Brook, Marie Hélène Estienne, and members of the company

Fri, Jan 18

This artist talk takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

Iconic BAM Artists
Peter Brook
Peter Brook

Peter Brook is one of the most prolific directors in theater. His longstanding relationship with BAM dates back to the 1970s, when BAM presented his innovative rendering of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The buzz
Reviews of The Suit at BAM
New York Post
The Huffington Post
NY Daily News
Bloomberg News