Past Event

Jan 19—22, 2017

Our Secrets

BÉLA PINTÉR & COMPANY

“Mingling humor and tragedy in a deft production enthralling to behold, Our Secrets starkly paints the politics of the present precisely in terms of the buried secrets of the past.”

— American Theatre Magazine

In a culture of mass surveillance, will our deepest secrets be turned against us?

1980. Soviet-era Hungary. In a dance hall, a musician confesses his private sexual desire for his seven-year-old step-daughter. And his government is taping his every word. Under threat of being exposed as a pedophile, he is pressured into becoming a government informant which leads to the arrest and murder of his best friend, the head of an underground, anti-Communism newspaper. Our Secrets is an epic tale combining folk music, dance, staggering ensemble work and no-holds-barred theatricality to tell a story of what it is like when there is no such thing as a right to privacy, and your deepest secrets are turned against you.

From George Orwell’s 1984 to Edward Snowden, mass surveillance and its devastating consequences are not just a fictional cautionary tale but are an everyday reality all over the world— whether it be Budapest or America. Today, under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s increasingly nationalist government, Hungary’s cultural scene has been rocked by a rapid return to government control of artistic choice. Director/playwright Béla Pintér and Company have created contemporary productions based on critical and ironic observations of Hungarian society, and Our Secrets may be their most poignant work yet.

Info

Venue

Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111



Dates

Jan 19, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017


Details

115 minutes

Ages 18+ Graphic Sexual Content

Performed in Hungarian with English supertitles.

Access

Audio Described Performance
Fri, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm



Artists

Created by:

Béla Pintér and Company


Director and playwright:

Béla Pintér


Co-presentation with:

The Baryshnikov Arts Center and Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center


Sponsored By:
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Leadership support for the US Tour of Our Secrets provided by Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Buzz

“Pretty terrific…the 115 minutes fly by.”

“Potent and challenging theatre”

The Boston Globe

“Our brothers and sisters from Hungary are giving us the gift of decades of reflection on how to survive a totalitarian regime. We are blessed to have them here – albeit briefly – to guide our thinking and questioning along these lines.”

“Implicit in their visit is the message that the arts are crucial in helping us to maintain hope, perspective and focus in the face of growing oppression.”

The White Rhino Report

“Mingling humor and tragedy in a deft production enthralling to behold, Our Secrets starkly paints the politics of the present precisely in terms of the buried secrets of the past, namely the unwillingness of subsequent governments to name or discuss the legacy of the widespread network of informers that elevated careers even as it destroyed lives.”

— American Theater Magazine

“A superb, tragicomic work of politics and recent history by leading Hungarian dramatist Bela Pinter and his Budapest-based company.”

— Herald Scotland