Peter Brook's Ode to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Love Is My Sin, Opens Off-Broadway April 1

News   Peter Brook's Ode to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Love Is My Sin, Opens Off-Broadway April 1
Peter Brook, the famed essayist and theatre practitioner, has collected 31 William Shakespeare sonnets for the new play, Love Is My Sin, opening April 1 in Manhattan. Conceived and directed by Brook, the show is performed by his wife, Natasha Parry, and Michael Pennington.

Previews began March 25, and performances play to April 17, in a presentation by Theatre for a New Audience. Performances play The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street.

This is the New York City premiere of the C.I.C.T./Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production.

According to TFANA, in Love Is My Sin, "two lovers trace a magnificent, life-embracing arc of jealousy, guilt, adoration and anguish in Shakespeare's sonnets."

Franck Krawczyk plays the music of Louis Couperin (1626-1661) on keyboard and accordion. Lighting is designed by Philippe Vialatte.

Last season, director Brook directed the C.I.C.T./Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's production of The Grand Inquisitor, adapted from Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" by Marie-Hél ne Estienne. The production was presented by Theatre for a New Audience and New York Theatre Workshop. Love Is My Sin premiered in Paris at Bouffes du Nord in April 2009. The first performances were played by Natasha Parry and Bruce Myers. Subsequent to an engagement for Bruce Myers at the National Theatre in London, a second successful European tour brought the Shakespeare actor Michael Pennington into the cast.

Expect 31 sonnets chosen by Brook, who said in production notes, "To choose between 154 sonnets, I needed to find a dramatic continuity and was guided by the hidden tensions that arise in a relationship between two people. Love Is My Sin allows us to penetrate into Shakespeare's own, most secret life. It is his private diary, in which we find his intimate questions, his jealousy, his passions, his guilt, his despair. Above all, he searches to discover for himself the deep meaning of being attracted by a man, by a woman or even by the act of writing itself. This is neither a play nor a poetry recital. It catches the actors in human relationships. Then, at the very end, they become speakers for Shakespeare himself who wrote prophetically that his verse is stronger than time and will last forever."

In 1971, London-born Brook — who directed more than 70 productions in London, Paris and New York — founded the International Centre for Theatre Research in Paris, and in 1974, opened its permanent base in Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

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