Peter Weiss's THE INVESTIGATION.
Peter Weiss' THE INVESTIGATION is considered a seminal work of verbatim testimonies (often termed documentary drama) from the Frankfurt Trials of 1963-1965; fragmented memories, where survivors of Auschwitz faced those in charge of the camp. Weiss shapes the material into eleven "cantos" or divisions of clear, straightforward sentence structures to create a text that is literary. Although written in light of the atrocities of WWII, it is a piece that retains its cultural relevance today. Questions of ideology, religion, political/military power and societal response repeat. The play will make its Cesear's Forum regional premier in a limited five week October/November engagement at Kennedy's Down Under, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, Ohio.
Peter Weiss was born in Berlin in 1916. The rise of Nazism forced Weiss to flee Germany and settle in Sweden in 1940, where he remained until the war's end. He wrote prolifically and politically and lived in Paris and London, while continuing to travel widely. Weiss remained true to his humanistic, liberal, political values throughout his life, and expressed them in his widely-admired plays and novels, which were translated into many languages. He is particularly known for MARAT/SADE, THE INVESTIGATION and his novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. He died in 1982.
Cesear's Forum, Cleveland's small professional "minimalist" theatre company, continues to present works of social commitment and theatre experimentation. The Cleveland production will follow the precepts of theatre director Bertolt Brecht, who was less concerned with emotional identification but preferred rational self-reflection and a critical view of the action on the stage. Brecht employed the use of techniques that remind the spectator that the play is a representation of reality and not reality itself. The production will be staged by Artistic Director Greg Cesear, with a setting by Laura Carlson Tarantowski, lighting by Andrew Kaletta and costumes by Aimee Kluiber.
Peter Weiss' THE INVESTIGATION,
October 16th through November 14th,
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm,
Two Sunday Matinees at 3 pm, October 25th & November 8th,
Kennedy's at Playhouse Square, (under the Ohio Theatre)
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH. MAP
Call 216-241-6000 or visit www.playhousesquare.org.
Cesear's Forum is dedicated to presenting unconventional, new or lesser known plays that explore theory and technique to reveal aspects of the social, political, economic and ideological properties of daily life. The company produces intermittently, on a project by project basis (unusual in Cleveland), one or two plays per year, rather than a traditional seasonal approach. Performing at Kennedy's Down Under (below the Ohio Theatre) at PlayhouseSquare, this small non-profit theatre has established a distinctive body of work within a minimalist imprimatur.