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St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
the Schaubühne Berlin production of
History of Violence

By Édouard Louis
In a version by Thomas Ostermeier, Florian Borchmeyer and Édouard Louis
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

NOV 13 – DEC 1, 2019

This November, director Thomas Ostermeier and Schaubühne Berlin return to St. Ann’s Warehouse with Édouard Louis’ stunning autobiographical memoir History of Violence. Through the fractured recall of Édouard, his sister, police, and doctors, the “brave and ambitious” (The Guardian) book and play reconstruct the trauma of a desire-filled encounter turned violent. A layered retelling that is both devastating and funny, the production uncovers deeply rooted societal racism, homophobia, and rage unbridled under obscure, repressive power structures until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory.

Performed in German with English Supertitles.

This production is part of a series of events celebrating Édouard Louis in collaboration with BAM, which will present The End of Eddy as part of the 2019 Next Wave Festival.

Learn More: History of Violence

Read The New York Times coverage of History of Violence

Edouard Louis Interview

Interview with Édouard Louis and his book History of Violence

Best Theater in Europe in 2018 The New York Times

Special Events:

Talk with Édouard at BAM Fisher | MON NOV 11 at 7PM
Édouard Louis comes to BAM to discuss the internationally bestselling books at the heart of this fall’s two adaptations: History of Violence, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and The End of Eddy, presented as part of BAM’s Next Wave festival. This discussion looks to the ways in which Louis’ observations of classism, homophobia, and racism in French society-also addressed in his highly acclaimed non-fiction book, Who Killed My Father, makes the invisible visible on the page and onstage and confronts readers and viewers with searing truths.
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Opening Night | SUN NOV 17

Circle Dinner | TUE NOV 19

VoicesOn Talkback | TUE NOV 19
Following the performance, please join us for a talkback with cast and creatives.

Pre-Curtain Cocktails | WED NOV 20

American Express® Card Member Night | THURS NOV 21
Please join us for an exclusive American Express® post-performance event!

History of Violence is supported by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Additional production support from J.L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust, Andrew J.Martin-Weber, Goethe-Institut, and V. Hansmann.