Show to feature twelve languages
The Clarence Brown Theater (CBT) and the Théâtre des Halles in Avignon France present the world premiere of “Babel” created by French playwright Mohammed Kacimi from June 11-20.
This production, directed by French director Alain Timar, is an original event with the gathering of twelve actresses and actors from different countries, speaking different languages, working together to communicate and build a performance.
The premise is that a group of twelve tourists from different cultures, speaking different languages are traveling on a tour bus to the ancient site of the Tower of Babel in what was once Babylonia. When their bus is destroyed, the tourists are forced by circumstances to communicate and work together to survive. In the process of getting to know one another, each tells a story giving the reason for his or her trek to the Tower of Babel site.
““Babel” is a cosmopolitan show with many characters and cultures on stage together. It is a metaphor for mankind on the move — symbolizing past and future migrations, precarious shelter from unending wrath, pitiful refuge for an everlasting exodus, a time of opening and protection, adventure and rest, immanence and transcendence,” says Timar.
Twelve languages and cultures are represented in the production: Arabic, Chinese, English, Ethiopian, French, modern and old Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Russian, and Yoruba. The international cast of this production has taken the structure of the story and collaborated in a workshop fashion to create and personalize its own interpretation of this modern parable. UT Theatre professor Bonnie Gould and Anne Polumbo are responsible for English translation.
“Babel” previews Thursday, June 10, followed by opening night Friday, June 11. The show will run through Saturday, June 20. Following CBT’s production, “Babel” will embark upon and international tour through Europe.
Ticket prices are $19 for preview, $35 opening night and $22 for all other performances. UT faculty/staff, senior citizens, children and students receive discounts.
Tickets are on sale now. Call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 974-5161 or Tickets
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This production is recommended for adult audiences only.