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Friday, Sept. 16, 2005
Play confronts universal themes
"Quartett," by German contemporary dramatist Heiner Muller, is a tale of aristocratic love, lust and morality based on Pierre Choderios de Laclos' 1782 novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," and has been a repeated hit around the world since it premiered in Bochum, Germany, in 1982.
Now, with director Hiromasa Kiuchi at the helm, "Quartett" takes to the intimate surroundings of the Benisan Pit Theater, Morishita, where the resident tpt company will be staging the play.
During a recent rehearsal, Kiuchi explained how Muller's "Quartett" is far more than the original's study of amorous schemings. "Muller has created several different kinds of confrontation -- between East and West, men and women, life and death, and age and youth -- and in so doing he succeeds in making a play that speaks directly to all people, everywhere," he said.
"Quartett" runs Sept. 17-30 at the Benisan Pit Theatre, a 5-minute walk from Morishita Station on the Oedo and Toei Shinjuku subway lines, or an 8-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station. For more details, call tpt at (03) 3635-6355 or visit www.tpt.co.jp