Théâtre des
Bouffes du Nord


April 5 - 7, 2017

at MCA Stage, 220 E. Chicago Ave

A World’s Stage Production
from France
based on the Mahabharata and
the play by Jean-Claude Carrière
adapted and directed by Peter Brook
and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Breathtaking—a dazzling piece of theatre.

The Guardian

Rare magic...It has the beguiling, heady quality of a voyage into the unknown.

The Telegraph

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The Play

One of the most venerated directors of our time, Peter Brook has redefined theater for audiences around the world. From his years at the Royal Shakespeare Company to the groundbreaking work at his own theater in France, his astonishing career as a director of theater, opera, television and film spans over fifty years. Thirty years after his landmark production that took the theater world by storm, the legendary director returns to the Mahabharata, distilling the ancient Sanskrit epic down to its essence. Haunted by the voice of a single instrumentalist, a new king seeks justice after a bloody civil war of his own making, struggling with how to rule a violent world filled with murderers and victims. An immense canvas in 70-minute miniature, this central section of the ancient text is at once timeless and contemporary, asking how we can find inner peace in a world riven with conflict. Battlefield comes to the MCA Stage in Chicago for a limited engagement after premiering in Paris in September 2015, and thrilling audiences from Singapore, India, the UK, Italy, Spain and the United States, among other countries.



Gallery: On Stage


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The Origins of Battlefield

Directors Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne discuss the origins of the timely and timeless story of Battlefield.
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Critical Acclaim

"This potent, deeply felt 65-minute piece takes a magnifying glass to the aftermath of the near-apocalyptic conflict.”
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Guilt Ridden Winner Takes Center Stage

NPR's Jeff Lunden speaks with Peter Brook about Battlefield and its predecessor, The Mahabharata.
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The Players

Creative Team

Peter Brook Co-director

Marié-Hélène Estienne Co-director

Toshi Tsuchitori Music

Philippe Vialatte Lighting Designer

Oria Puppo Costume Designer


Carole Karemera Performer

Jared McNeill Performer

Ery Nzaramba Performer

Sean O'Callaghan Performer

Toshi Tsuchitori Performer

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