THE PIECE

Duration: 140 minutes.

Please Continue is structured like a criminal-court trial and takes place in a (real) courtroom. On the stage are authentic judges, lawyers, prosecutors, clerks, bailiffs, etc., recruited from the Bar in each town where the performance takes place. We engage these dignitaries of the court in the tradition of the “mock trial,” as practiced by various legal organizations: Case studies undertaken as a sort of debate competition or exercise in verbal jousting. Only the role of the defendant is played by an actor. The defendant is a young man who has killed his uncle, after the latter has killed the defendant’s father. A near-universal case, familiar from grade-school; a drama that shares much with the grand canvasses of ancient tragedy. The young man is Hamlet, yes – but not exactly. In preparing the case, Roger Bernat and Yan Duyvendak will propose the most open reading of the myth possible – putting the outcome of the trial into the hands of a jury which will be in possession of all the facts. What will happen then?

TEAM

Conception: Roger Bernat & Yan Duyvendak. With:

ES: Ana I. Roncero, Carola Martínez y Jorge da Rocha / Roger Redondo /María Boado y Fernando Gómez y los profesionales del Tribunal Superior/ Dirección técnica: Txalo Toloza / Producción ejecutiva: Helena Febrés.

FR: Monica Budde / Véronique Alain, Hélène Hudovernik / Claire Delaporte, Manuel Vallade / Thierry Raynaud et des professionnels de la Cour locale

NL: Ottolien Boeschooten, Hannah Jansen, Floris Verkerk en leden van de lokale rechtswereld

BE: Ottolien Boeschooten, Annemone Valcke, Kasper Vandenberghe en leden van de lokale rechtswereld
DE: Nikolai Bosshardt, Monica Budde, Nina Langensand und Fachleute des örtlichen Hofes

IT: Daniele Bernardi, Cinzia Morandi, Camilla Parini e professionisti della Corte locale

Set design: in collaboration with Sylvie Kleiber; 
Graphic design: Marie-Klara Gonzalez; Nicolas Robel B.ü.L.b Grafix. Production & Management: Nataly Sugnaux Hernandez. Administration: Catherine Cuany. Communication: Ana-Belen Torreblanca. Technics: Gaël Grivet

Production: Dreams Come True, Genève. Coproduction: Le Phénix scène nationale de Valenciennes; Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht; Théâtre du GRÜ, Genève. Residencies: Montévidéo, Marseille; Le Carré/Les Colonnes, Scène conventionnée, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles/Blanquefort Supported by: Ville de Genève; République et canton de Genève; Pro Helvetia Fondation suisse pour la culture; Migros pour-cent culturel; Loterie Romande; Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM; CORODIS.

Production spanish version: Festival Escena Abierta / Supported by: Gerencia Territorial de la Administración de Justicia de Castilla y León and Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Castilla y León.

TOUR: Geneva, Utrecht, Valenciennes, Oldenburg, Marseille, Amiens, Evry, Saint Médard, Gent, Paris, Velizy, Rouen, Pontoise, Zürich, Montreuil, Lugano, Foix, Toulouse, Besançon, Sierre, Pau, Meryin, St.Brieuc, Douai, Quimper, Montpellier, Le Mans, St.Ouen, Châtillon, Lausanne, Wien, Braunschweig, Berlin, Burgos…

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