25 July 2019
Full cast is today announced for AMSTERDAM, which previews from 6 September with tickets from £15. Matthew Xia directs Dan Abelson, Fiston Barek, Michal Horowicz and Hara Yannas will appear in this strikingly audacious thriller, which awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation by Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur. The play won the Jury Prize at Stueckemarkt 2018, held as part of Berliner Festpiele’s Theater Treffen. Matthew Xia (Blood Knot) returns to the OT to direct, in his first production as Artistic Director of ATC, in a co-production between them, the OT and Theatre Royal Plymouth. It will embark upon a UK tour from February to May 2020.
Everyone knows, all of them … that when all’s said and done, she is no more than a fig leaf hiding the thing everyone else would be much happier never having to look at.
An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant.
One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.
Slid her an envelope right under the door and then just walked away.
It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.
Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. Amsterdam won the Jury Prize at Stueckemarkt 2018, held as part of Berliner Festpiele’s Theater Treffen. In 2014, she received the Habima Award for emerging artists, her play Suspended won the first prize of the international playwriting competition of ITI–UNESCO in 2014, and Ten Minutes from Home was commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Her play God Waits at the Station was commissioned by Union de Theatres de l’Europe (an EU initiative), premiering at Vienna’s Volkstheater in 2015.
This is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC, co-producers of Winter Solstice at the OT. He recently directed Blood Knot at the Orange Tree Theatre, One Night in Miami at Nottingham Playhouse, and Eden at Hampstead Theatre. Xia won the Genesis Future Director award with his production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead at the Young Vic, where he also directed Blue/Orange. He was previously Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where he directed Brink, Into the Woods and Wish List, which transferred to the Royal Court Theatre. In 2018 Matthew directed Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, a new adaptation of Frankenstein by April de Angelis at the Royal Exchange, and Shebeen: Mufaro Makubika's Alfred Fagon Award-winning play at Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is a co-founder of Act for Change.
Daniel Abelson’s work in theatre includes Circa (Old Red Lion); The Rivals (Watermill); William Wordsworth (ETT/Theatre by the Lake); Once in a Lifetime (Young Vic); The Mighty Waltzer (Royal Exchange Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors (Sprite Productions); Me, As A Penguin (Arcola/Lowry/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Country Magic (Finborough); Goodbye My Love (Southwark Playhouse); Macbeth (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Shadow of a Gunman (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); 5/11, King Lear, The Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Seven Doors, Thermidor, The Seagull and Holes in the Skin (Chichester Festival Theatre). TV includes Jonathan Pie’s American Pie, Humans, Law & Order UK, I Shouldn’t Be Alive, The Royal Today and Robin Hood.
Fiston Barek’s theatre work includes The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre); King Lear (The Old Vic); Routes and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court); Little Baby Jesus (Oval House); Love the Sinner (National Theatre). Film includes Don’t Look Back.
Michal Horowicz’s theatre work includes: The Famous Five (Gobbledigook Theatre); Mimi and the Mountain Dragon (Skewbald Theatre); Bylines (Bridie Donaghy); Neverland (Hartshorn-Hook/Guild of Misrule/Theatre Deli); Bill’s Birds – Screen Rebels (Phoenix Arts Club); Resources of Quinola (Cockpit); A Christmas Carol (The Lost Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (The Minack); Gretel and Hansel (Ships in the Night). TV includes Tikva and Saving the Forgotten Jews.
Hara Yannas’ theatre work includes: Dealing with Clair (Orange Tree Theatre/ETT); Uncle Vanya (HOME, Manchester); The Treatment, The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida); Oresteia (Almeida/Trafalgar Studios); 1984 (Headlong tour/Almeida/West End/US Tour); Mare Rider (Arcola); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Pericles (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); Uncle Vanya (Arcola/Belgrade, Coventry); Tales of the Harrow Road (Soho Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK & European tour); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Arcola/Clean Break). TV includes: Silent Witness, Dark Heart, Trauma, Innocent, Broadchurch, The Level, Father Brown, The Musketeers, Law & Order: UK, The Smoke and The Bible.
AMSTERDAM is on from 6 September to 12 October
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