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

By Édouard Louis
Adapted by Thomas Ostermeier, Florian Borchmeyer and Édouard Louis
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

NOV 13 – DEC 1, 2019

Director Thomas Ostermeier and Schaubühne Berlin return to St. Ann’s Warehouse with Édouard Louis’ searing autobiographical novel. Through the fractured recall of Édouard, his sister, police, and doctors, the “brave and ambitious” (The Guardian) History of Violence reconstructs 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, until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory.

Run Time: 2 Hours, No Intermission.
Performed in German with English Supertitles.

Contains nudity, sexual content, and simulated sexual violence. 
Recommended for ages 17+


Coproduction with Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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.
Tickets $20 | Tickets:

VoicesOn Talkback | THURS NOV 14
Following the performance, please join us for a talkback with cast and creatives.

Opening Night | SUN NOV 17

Circle Dinner | TUE NOV 19

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!

Production Support:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and Goethe Institut, Andrew J.Martin-Weber, V. Hansmann.  This event is part of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.