Performances begin July 17 at Park Avenue Armory for the North American premiere of Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of The Damned, Luchino Visconti’s 1969 Oscar-nominated film of the same name. The production is performed by historic French troupe Comédie-Française, returning to New York for the first time in over a decade.
Performances of The Damned will run through July 28 in the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
Set in 1933, The Damned follows the wealthy von Essenbeck family during the rise of Nazi Germany as their steel dynasty falls into the hands of a corrupt family member and SA officer, Konstantin von Essenbeck. The story examines the dangers of ideology, moral corruption, and political upheaval.
“One can’t help but have admiration for the way that Ivo van Hove and his work has redefined conventional theater,” said Pierre Audi, Artistic Director at the Armory, in a statement. “Blending the modern and the technological with the foundational principles of Shakespeare and the Greeks tragedies, van Hove’s every choice has impeccable intentionality. For instance, the incredible use of videography and projections play with scale, juxtaposing vast space with intimacy—an element that will play particularly well in the spacious Drill Hall.”
Van Hove has directed The Crucible and A View From the Bridge on Broadway (the latter won him a Tony in 2016). Recent projects include a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni for Paris Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as an upcoming stage adaptation of All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James in the West End, an adaptation of A Little Life, and the recently announced West Side Story, slated to debut on Broadway in 2020.
The Damned was developed with Jan Versweyveld and is performed by the 338-year-old Comédie-Française.
The July 19 performance will be preceded by a separately ticketed conversation between van Hove and visual artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson as part of the Armory’s Artist Talk Series. For tickets and more information, visit ArmoryonPark.org.