The Suit - Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave. - 718-636-4100
Fort Greene, NY 11217
Description: 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.