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Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Willem Dafoe
The Old Woman

Direction, set design, lighting concept: Robert Wilson

By Daniil Kharms
Adapted by Darryl Pinckney
Music: Hal Willner

November 21–23, 2014


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Direction, set design,
lighting concept: Robert Wilson
By Daniil Kharms
Adapted by Darryl Pinckney
Music: Hal Willner
Costumes: Jacques Reynaud
Associate Set design: Annick Lavallée-Benny
Light design: A.J. Weissbard

Iconic theater artist Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach) directs Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov in a surreal marriage of abstract storytelling, pitch-black comedy, and vaudeville. In a production "by turns moving, cruel, witty, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny" (The Independent, UK), Dafoe and Baryshnikov portray multi-faceted characters inhabiting a disorienting world, forced to deal with an unexplained and unwanted houseguest. "Baryshnikov and Dafoe are superb, managing to wring the pathos out of each of their bizarre encounters" (Financial Times, London).

A Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Arts and The Watermill Center project

Commissioned and co-produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, Theatre de la Ville-Paris/Festival d'Automne á Paris, DeSingel Antwerp

Executive Producer Change Performing Arts in association with Baryshnikov Productions

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

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Parking may be a problem on campus for the Saturday performance due to a Cal Football game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.


Mikhail Baryshnikov explains the genesis of The Old Woman
Following the story of a struggling writer who cannot find peace with himself, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe star in Daniil Kharms' 1930s political novella and pitch-black comedy The Old Woman, adapted by Darryl Pinckney and directed by Robert Wilson (Einstein on the Beach).

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Fri, Nov 21, 8 pm
Sat, Nov 22, 8 pm
Sun, Nov 23, 3 pm

Venue: Zellerbach Hall

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