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The Encounter - 2016 - Broadway

Hailed by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as "one of the most immersive theater pieces ever created," Complicite theater company's THE ENCOUNTER comes to Broadway this fall in a strictly limited engagement after enormously acclaimed runs in London, Edinburgh and beyond. Conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, this is an utterly mesmerizing play that the The Daily Mail says is "unlike any other theatrical experience." And The Daily Telegraph calls it "spellbinding."



Get ready for a truly original, utterly astonishing night of theater: Once you take your seat, your senses will be engaged in new and breathtaking ways as Simon McBurney leads you deep into the Amazon rainforest. Inspired by real events, THE ENCOUNTER follows a National Geographic photographer as he finds himself lost in a remote area of Brazil. Through innovative aural technology and brilliant storytelling, this is a heart-stopping, riveting and slyly witty night of theater... and an encounter you'll never forget.

Schedule

Running Time: One hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission

Featured Reviews For The Encounter


‘The Encounter’ review: Play might work better as a podcast - amNY
"The Encounter" resembles an immersive, sensory take on the old-fashioned radio play, with multiple voices, heavy breathing and other sounds fully engulfing the listener. But after a while, the novelty wears off and you are left with unending bits of description and psychological contemplation.

Broadway Review: Complicite’s ‘The Encounter’ - Variety
It's a story told with vivid precision, both linguistic and theatrical. McBurney flies over the Amazon with a bamboo stick for a plane. He takes us right into the rainforest, looping his own animal whoops and insectoid croaks as he circles the stage, rustling plastic for leaves underfoot. The head-mic becomes the shamanic headman. It's a deeply immersive experience, completely transporting. You seem to fall out of time with McIntyre and McBurney, rapt by this gripping thriller.


 

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by BWW News Desk - January 3, 2017
Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, begins its final week of performances on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production must close on January 8, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2016
Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, is now in its final weeks on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production must close on January 8, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - October 18, 2016
Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will launch a digital lottery beginning Tuesday, October 18.  
by Ken Fallin - October 7, 2016
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Below, check out his latest illustration, featuring Harriet Harris, Rebecca Brooksher and Hallie Foote in Primary Stages' THE ROADS TO HOME.
by BWW News Desk - October 5, 2016
On the heels of unanimous raves on Broadway, Carole Shorenstein Hays announced today that the Complicite production of The Encounter, Simon McBurney's riveting one-man play where audience members must wear headphones to take part in the journey, will continue at the Curran for a limited engagement next spring, April 25 - May 7, 2017.
by TV - Opening Night Special - October 2, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, opened just last night at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began performances on September 20 and will play a limited engagement through January 8, 2017.
by Ken Fallin - September 30, 2016
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with renowned caricature artist Ken Fallin, a life-long theater enthusiast, who has drawn many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Below, check out his latest illustration, featuring Simon McBurney, currently starring in The Encounter on Broadway!
by Jennifer Broski - September 30, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, opened just last night at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began performances on September 20 and will play a limited engagement through January 8, 2017.
by Michael Dale - September 30, 2016
The underappreciated art of sound design takes center stage in Simon McBurney's THE ENCOUNTER, a dramatization of Petru Popescu's book "Amazon Beaming" that comes off more as a demonstration of technological capabilities than engaging storytelling.
by Jennifer Broski - September 30, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, opened just last night at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began performances on September 20 and will play a limited engagement through January 8, 2017.
by Review Roundups - September 29, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, opens tonight at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began performances on September 20 and will play a limited engagement through January 8, 2017. BroadwayWorld is bringing you all the reviews as they roll in. Let's see what the critics had to say:
by BWW News Desk - September 29, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, opens tonight at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began performances on September 20 and will play a limited engagement through January 8, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, begins performances tonight at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production will open on Thursday, September 29 and play a limited engagement through January 8 2017.
by BroadwayWorld TV - September 19, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), opening on Thursday, September 29 and closing on January 8 2017. Previews begin on September 20. This week, he previewed the new intriguing piece to the press.
by Walter McBride - September 16, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), opening on Thursday, September 29 and closing on January 8 2017. Previews begin on September 20. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the show's press preview below - check back for full coverage!
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2016
Producers of the Broadway production of Complicite's The Encounter announced today the show's student ticket policies.
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 4, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), opening on Thursday, September 29 and closing on January 8 2017. Previews begin on September 20.
by Walter McBride - July 28, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), opening on Thursday, September 29 and closing on January 8 2017. Previews begin on September 20.
by BWW News Desk - June 15, 2016
Direct from London and an international tour, Complicite's acclaimed production of The Encounter, conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney, will play a limited engagement at Broadway's John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), opening on Thursday, September 29 and closing on January 8 2017. Previews begin on September 20.