Court Theatre: Quartet
Presented by Court Theatre in association with the MCA
Written by Heiner Miller; Edited and translated by Carl Weber; Directed by JoAnne Akalaitis
Based on the infamous novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Heiner Miller's Quartet brings startling existential class struggle to this story of scheming, seduction, and conquest. Miller blazed a path for European theatre, writing plays with few instructions, challenging directors to attack the material anew each time. Through ritualistic games, two characters swap roles and sexes as they play and replay their story to fend off the encroaching doom of their empty lives. JoAnne Akalaitis, widely acclaimed for her visual imagination and provocative take on the classics, directs this riveting view of excess without substance, life without love.