Peter Brook / Théâtre Des Bouffes  Du Nord:  The Suit
Peter Brook / Théâtre Des Bouffes
Du Nord: The Suit
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM  
Freud Playhouse
$30 - $65 ($10 UCLA Students)

Based on The Suit by Can ThembaMothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon 
Direction, adaptation and musical direction by 
Peter BrookMarie-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. 


Late seating will be subject to company approval and will occur only at a suitable time at the discretion of house staff. Latecomers will not be able to be seated in their assigned seats, but instead seated at the back or sides of the theater as to avoid any disruptions or distractions during the performance.

"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition."—Eli Khamarov

CAP UCLA Poetry Bureau
Apr 9 and 19, 6 - 8pm  

The Poetry Bureau returns, setting up shop in front of the Freud Playhouse for 2 nights only. Manned by more than 20 local and student poets writing on-the-spot original poetry, The Bureau provides an opportunity for words to sing, a compelling counterpoint to the original text of The Suit, which was banned during Apartheid.  

Open Mic @ 9:30
Immediately following the performance, Bureau Poets and participants will read some of their poems in an informal open mic in the Freud Courtyard. Bring your words and share a glass of wine. A typewriter is waiting…

The Poetry Bureau is an on-going initiative of CAP's poetry program, Who Is The Poet In Your Life? Visit our Tumblr page and share your thoughts about the poets and poetry that have an impact on your life.

Receive $6 tickets to "The Tightrope" with purchase of "The Suit" tickets.*

Laemmle Theatres presents
"Peter Brook: The Tightrope"

To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, Peter Brook has a special exercise, "the tightrope," that evolved over decades of experimentation and practice into a process of transformation that revitalizes the theatrical experience for actor and audience alike. In this unique film, director Simon Brook - Peter's son - reveals how "the tightrope" works its dramatic alchemy.

*Present proof of purchase at the Laemmle box office to receive discount.

*discounts and special offers for The Suit not valid on opening night. 

Supported in part by the Merle & Peter Mullin Endowment for the Performing Arts and the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director’s Discretionary Fund. Additional support provided by Diane Levine and Robert Wass and by UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management.

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