Renowned theater and film director Peter Brook brings us a music-filled adaptation of a poignant original story from South African writer Can Themba. The Suit is a tragic tale of betrayal and resentment as a scorned husband takes out his anger, pain and frustration on his wife.
The suit her lover left behind takes on the symbolic embodiment of him and becomes the tool of her husband’s aggression. The suit is a constant and painful reminder of her adultery and through its presence, tension erupts, sorrow abides and the couple’s inability to heal is invoked.
Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Brook’s innovative staging integrates live musicians performing African melodies and Schubert lieder. The original novel The Suit, written by Themba, was banned in his native country as he was exiled during apartheid.
The play’s setting of Sophiatown—a teeming township that was erased shortly after Themba wrote his novel—is as much a part of the story as the unfortunate couple.