REQUEST CONCERT at BAM’s Next Wave Festival
directed by Yana Ross
starring Danuta Stenka
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – Saturday, October 29, 2016
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY
“The mundane is transformed into something close to hypnotic… Request Concert is a fascinating play about a commonplace subject.” – The New York Times
Request Concert is as a part of the impressive selection of Polish theater at this year’s BAM Next Wave Festival! You can also see Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Phaedra(s) with Isabelle Huppert and Song of the Goat’s Song of Lear.
Not a single word is uttered in German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz’s devastating 1971 experiment in hyper-realism. Alone in her studio apartment, a middle-aged, middle-class woman–played by renowned Polish actress Danuta Stenka performing a meticulous execution of Kroetz’s stage directions–goes about her well-worn evening ritual: dinner for one, dishes, a listener request program on the radio. As she brushes past audience members, gathered in the round and able to peer into director Yana Ross’ intimate, installation-like staging, this mute everywoman’s quotidian gestures, made all the more haunting by her ruthless tidiness, weave a brutal tapestry of loneliness, repression, and desperation.
Produced by Laznia Nowa Theater in association with TR Warszawa and Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival