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Theater Pizzazz Review: The Prisoner

“Brook’s profound understanding of Dostoevsky and Beckett – both of whose work he has directed – informs The Prisoner. Though the place is never specified (it could be anywhere), the landscape of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is conjured up before our eyes. In this case, however, the “waiting” is not for a savior, but rather for enlightenment within.…Read More »

Remembering Board Member Merle Debuskey

By Neil Genzlinger “We couldn’t have built Polonsky Shakespeare Center without his advocacy,” Mr. Horowitz said by email, referring to the facility that Theater for a New Audience opened in 2013 in Brooklyn. “When it came to making people listen about what mattered, Merle was persuasive, eloquent and funny.” READ THE FULL NEW YORK TIMES…Read More »

NEW YORK MAGAZINE: A 20th-Century Emperor Present But Not Seen

By Sara Holdren The Emperor, a two-performer meditation on the man-made mythos of power, is part Brechtian commentary, part clown show, part investigation of the last days of a real regime — that of the Ethiopian monarch Haile Selassie, whose four-decade reign ended when he was deposed in 1974 — and part playful, piercing allegory.…Read More »

THEATERMANIA: The Emperor Delivers Truth in the Blurred Line Between Story and History

By Hayley Levitt The layered legacy of Ryszard Kapuściński’s journalism-adjacent novel The Emperor imposes a complex set of expectations on its latest stage adaptation, a two-person play written by Colin Teevan and making its New York premiere at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center (a coproduction with the Young Vic in London, where…Read More »

THE GUARDIAN: The Emperor review – Kathryn Hunter’s shape-shifting brilliance

(This review refers to an earlier production of The Emperor at the Young Vic, London.)   By Susannah Clapp The Young Vic is London’s most lovable theatre. The building welcomes; the programming dares. It offers danger in a safe place. As in Walter Meierjohann’s production of The Emperor, which begins by captivating and goes on…Read More »

360 VIEWFINDER: The Emperor

Download TFANA’s free digital magazine with context and articles about The Emperor. VIEW AND DOWNLOAD HERE.

PLAYBILL: 5 DEFINING ROLES FOR ACTOR KATHRYN HUNTER AT TFANA

By Ruthie Fierberg Acclaimed actor Kathryn Hunter has a longstanding history with Theatre for a New Audience, and now returns to her stomping grounds for their latest production: The Emperor. Running through September 30, the play—based on the book by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński—serves as a sort of biography of Ethiopia’s emperor Haile Selassie via…Read More »

BROOKLYN PAPER: Doing her parts: Actress plays 11 male servants in The Emperor

By Julianne McShane She’s playing all the king’s men. An award-winning actress will portray nearly a dozen different men in “The Emperor,” a play opening at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene on Sept. 16. Kathryn Hunter said that she learned to juggle between the 11 male servants she plays by studying the book…Read More »

TDF STAGES: How Do You Dramatize the Downfall of an Autocrat?

By Gerard Raymond The audience never sees His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie in The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s stage adaptation of Ryszard Kapuscinski’s eponymous book. But you get a vivid picture of the 20th-century Ethiopian autocrat and his court through memories shared by his eleven loyal servants, all portrayed by Olivier-winning actress Kathryn Hunter. In the…Read More »

TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLE: The Emperor Kathryn Solitarily Surrounded by her Loyal Servants

Theatre for a New Audience, much to my pleasure, dives into their new season with a fascinating, although slightly distancing investigation on what it means to be Emperor of a small African nation in the early 1900’s. In the U.S. premiere of The Emperor, directed with structure and simplicity by Walter Meierjohann (the site-specific Romeo and Juliet in…Read More »