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Why? by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne


The latest production written and directed by  Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne will have its U.S. premiere at Theater for a New Audience-Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, opening on September 21st.

It features Hayley Carmichael, Kathryn Hunter, and Marcello Magni.

Why theatre? What is it for? What is it about? Why? takes these questions, and many others, on a journey that is both dramatic and joyful. The piece allows us to discover that we are not alone in asking these questions and that many great theatre practitioners have been inspired by the exploration of these questions. “Theatre is a very dangerous weapon.” These words were written in the 1920s by one of the most creative and innovative directors the theatre has known – Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold saw the menacing dangers that the theatre, and art in general, were facing in 1930s Russia and saw “the writing on the wall.” This did not deter him in his work as he held onto the hope that the revolution could win.


Why?  is part of Peter Brook\NY, a citywide recognition of Peter Brook & collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne’s legendary artistic achievement. For more information, visit www.tfana.org/pbny

Why? was co-commissioned by C.I.C.T./Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Theatre for a New Audience, Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, National Performing Arts Center, Taiwan R.O.C. – National Taichung Theater, Centro Dramatico Nacional, Madrid; Teatro Dimitri, Verscio, Théâtre Firmin Gérmier, La Piscine.

Why? is presented as part of Crossing the Line Festival produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

The performances of Why?  at Theater for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakepeare Center are part of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.