A.C.T. to Screen PETER BROOK: THE TIGHTROPE, 3/24

A.C.T. to Screen PETER BROOK: THE TIGHTROPE, 3/24

Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced today that American Conservatory Theater will present the exclusive California screening of Peter Brook: The Tightrope, a new and definitive documentary on the creative process of legendary theater director Peter Brook, on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). The screening will set the stage for A.C.T.'s upcoming production of The Suit, running April 23-May 18, 2014. Tickets for Peter Brook: The Tightrope are $10 for general admission and $5 for A.C.T. subscribers (with promo code) and may be purchased online at act-sf.org/tightrope or by calling 415.749.2228. $8 tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling Group Sales at 415.439.2309.

Peter Brook is one of the world's most respected and revolutionary directors of contemporary theater. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has a special exercise, called "the Tightrope," which evolved over decades of experimentation and practice. Now, for the first time in forty years, Brook has agreed to raise the curtain and reveal how the Tightrope works its dramatic alchemy. Directed by Simon Brook - Peter's son - this quietly eloquent and unique film gives audiences an up close and personal look at Brook's theatrical and philosophical approach.

Filmed in total immersion with five hidden cameras, Peter Brook: The Tightrope plunges audiences into the intimate aspects of Brook working with his troupe of actors and musicians. Without disturbing the truth of the moment, the film reveals the magic inherent to the creative process, taking us beyond the intimacy of a workshop and into a heightened experience.

The film also features Japanese composer and musician, Toshi Tsuchitori who has collaborated with Peter Brook for more than 30 years, and French composer and musician Frank Krawczyk who composed the musical accompaniment for Love is My Sin, based on the sonnets of William Shakespeare and arranged and interpreted Mozart's original score for Brook's production of A Magic Flute.

Beginning April 23, 2014, A.C.T. will bring Peter Brook's acclaimed music-infused production, The Suit, to the Geary Theater. When a husband catches his beautiful wife in the arms of her lover, the lover flees-but leaves his suit behind. As her penance, the husband makes his wife "treat the suit as an honored guest," to accompany her wherever she goes. From the dinner table to walks around the neighborhood, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. Traditional African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this simple yet surprising tale, set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg. Reminiscent of The Scarlet Letter and overflowing with the same inventiveness as The Overcoat and Brief Encounter, The Suit features innovative staging that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action, making Brook's haunting production of this heartbreaking fable sing. The Suit will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater April 23-May 18, 2014. Tickets ($20 - $120) are on sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228.

Peter Brook: The Tightrope (2013, 86 min, France-Italy) Directed by Simon Brook. Produced by Simon Brook, Ermanno Olmi, Luigi Musini and Jean-Pierre Eklou Attisso. Edited by Josie Miljevic and Barbara Bossuet. Sound by Philippe Avril. Art Direction by Yann Dury and Antoine Champerne. Sound Editing by Agnes Ravez. Sound Mixing by Theirry Delor. A production of Brook Productions, Cinemaundici (Italy) and ARTE France (France) in association with the International Center for Theatre Research (CIRT). Peter Brook: The Tightrope is distributed by First Run Features.

With: Peter Brook; musicians Yoshi Oida and Frank Krawczyk; and actors Hayley Carmichael, Jos Houben, Micha Lescot, Marcello Magni, Khalifa Natour, Yoshi Oida, Adbou Ouologuem, Caesar Sarachu, Shantala Shivalingappa, Emily Wilson, and Lydia Wilson.




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