Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
April 26–May 21
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
“Vibrant . . . a tour de force!”
Bay Area News Group
“Hewn to the essentials”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Full of brilliance . . . a joyful, fascinating piece of theater”
“At once epic and personal, mythical and real . . . this is storytelling at its best”
“Extraordinary . . . a change-your-plans kind of opportunity”
A newly-crowned king surveys a battlefield: his army has won him the crown—but at what cost? Inspired by his groundbreaking adaptation of the ancient Indian poem The Mahabharata, legendary director Peter Brook (The Suit) returns to his most celebrated work, taking one small excerpt and exploring its parables to create an intimate and moving new interpretation of the timeless tale. This magical story about the responsibility that comes with winning a war—and the grace and wisdom required to lead a nation after conflict—has striking connections to modern times, and features the master director at his finest.
Running time: 70 minutes with no intermission
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