Theatre Y To Present SELF-ACCUSATION By Peter Handke

One of the most radical works of the 20th century, Peter Handke's Self-Accusation takes the audience on a journey that explores our need to confess and our delight in hearing about others' transgressions. In this play without characters, the actors confess to all sorts of sins, ranging from the monstrosity of dealing in slaves or committing genocide, to the triviality of failing to shake the lotion bottle before use. At times disturbing, funny and profound, this crescendo of wrongdoing suggests that if 'to err is human,' then to confess -to make a story out of our transgression- is the beginning of art.

Originally written for two speakers, Theatre Y reimagines this gleefully rebellious mea culpa as a conceptual art oratorio for an ensemble of nine, staged in a storefront window with the city of Chicago itself as its backdrop. By the end of the piece we have a group of speakers who are no longer actors, a collection of individuals who are no longer just spectators.

As Peter Handke confesses to the audience: "You are the event."

What do you want to confess?

Please join us for Theatre Y's imaginative production of Self-Accusation by Peter Handke.

SELF-ACCUSATION will be the third Theatre Y production offered to the public free of charge as part of the FREE THEATRE MOVEMENT! Opening night is Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Press Nights are Saturday and Sunday March 23 and 24, and the play runs through April 28th. The regular performance schedule is Friday-Sunday at 7:30pm. Industry night is Monday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to reserve your seat visit

The Ensemble: Kris Tori, Adrian Garcia, Nadia Pillay, Pearl Ramsey, Zahrah Pillay, Howard Raik, Arlene Arnone Bibbs, Ishmael Klein, and Anthôny Battle. Co-directed by Melissa Lorraine and Héctor Álvarez, the production team includes Ben Kinsinger (Sound/Composition), Rachel Levy (Lights), Henry Wilkinson (Set), Rebecca Hinsdale (Costumes), Claire Alston (Dramaturgy), and Alanna Gerardi (Stage Management).

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