The Playgoer: Peter Brook Moves On (Again)

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Peter Brook Moves On (Again)

At 85 Peter Brook is still going strong, but he is finally letting go the reins of his Paris Bouffes Du Nord company and handing it off to others.

On the occasion, one of his designers, Tom Piper, pays tribute:

Brook's pared style – with a stripped stage and minimal props – is so pervasive as to be mainstream now, but the director, says Piper, always worked at the Bouffes as if he were struggling in a start-up venture. "In my time he ran just a skeleton staff there. If you wanted to take anything anywhere, you had to hire a van. It was like working in a fringe theatre."
A good reminder to artistic directors--and managing directors--everywhere.

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