|Photo: Nonhlanhla Kheswa, by Johan|
The Suit, Peter Brook's adaptation of South African writer Can Themba's biting short story, runs at the BAM Harvey Theater until Saturday, February 2. Context is everything, so get even closer to The Suit with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.
Around the Web
“Peter Brook: ‘Simplicity is not a style’” (The Guardian)
“[Can Themba] needed that tremendous injustice [of Apartheid] to think up such a powerful and cruel story.”
A Q&A between Leading Theater Makers and Peter Brook (The Guardian)
Brook answers questions about anxiety dreams, mortality, cheap tickets, and more.
“Sophiatown” by Anthony Sampson (Pitzer.edu)
The longtime editor of Drum magazine—for which The Suit was written—remembers Can Themba and the Apartheid-era Township.
On the Blog
Alicia Dhyana House looks at the inception of The Suit.
Close-Up: "Malaika" and Peter Brook's The Suit
A bittersweet Kenyan love song takes center stage in Brook's musical production.
“The Suit: A Storybook Introduction”
Nate Gelgud offers an illustrated intro to Peter Brook’s adaptation of The Suit.
“Harvey’s Oral History: Peter Brook’s Dream”
“I remember going home and being up practically most of the night just absolutely stunned with that production,” remembers past BAM executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein.
Excerpt from Peter Brook’s The Empty Space
For the adventurous: Is “[the demand for theater] a hunger for the invisible, a hunger for a reality deeper than the fullest form of everyday life?”
Peter Brook on The Suit:
"[My aim was] not to do a biting hard, tough human story that could leave you excited theatrically, but feeling even worse about the state of the world it's in. [Instead,] something in the whole evening must make you go out, amazingly, feeling a little more hopeful or confident."
"This most extraordinary situation between a man and woman could not have taken this strange and frightening form except when minds are so warped. Something becomes a pressure cooker in the mind."
Now Your Turn . . .
So what's your verdict? Once you've seen the show, tell us what you thought of Brook's sparse set, which songs are stuck in your head, or anything else that might be on your mind in the comments below.