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The Father (Hampton)

Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton
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Full Length, Drama
3 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 6, Flexible Set
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3634-4
FEE: $100 per performance.
THE STORY: Now 80 years old, André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
“…harrowing…an exceedingly ingenious premise…” —NY Times. “…hugely rewarding…a play that constantly confounds expectations and works almost like a thriller, with a sinister Pinteresque edge…This is a play that is full of guile, particularly in the way it toys with time, yet is also simplicity itself, and is never tricksy. It constantly makes you question the truth and the nature of reality. …an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience, and the way child-parent relationships become inverted as old age creeps up and mugs us.” —The Guardian (UK). “…a super-smart, finally heart-breaking play…[an] unqualified triumph…” —The Daily Telegraph (UK). “…devastating and disorienting…THE FATHER is one of those plays that makes your brain hum with the unique potential of theatre…Zeller’s writing…brilliantly takes us inside Andre’s mind.” —The Independent (London).