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The Old Woman

Closed June 29, 2014

Baryshnikov and Dafoe are superb, managing to wring the pathos out of each of their bizarre encounters. We leave the theatre like awestruck victims of a magic trick, asking ourselves: how did they do that?

Financial Times

Why See The Old Woman?

About The Old Woman

The Old Woman is production like no other - a surreal and absurd theatre experience, part drama, part dance, part illusion. The roles of the two characters who are forced to deal with a less-than-accommodating house guest are played by Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov, the latter a renown dancer and choreographer who trained at the New York City Ballet.

Exceptionally innovative visual design and highly unexpected acting by these stars of the stage and screen makes The Old Woman a one-of-a-kind theatre experience - not to mention a unique opportunity to witness two great performers do something quite different with their respective art forms.

US Premiere

The narrative is based on the recently uncovered writings of Daniil Kharms, a Russian poet and author with a similar writing style to Beckett and Kafka. The production was conceptualised and created by Robert Wilson.

Prior to this US premiere, The Old Woman has been performed at theatre festivals in England, Italy, Belgium and France. It will run at the Gilman Opera House as part of the BAMs 2013/2014 season for only eight performances.

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Opening night: 22 June 2014

Run time

One hour and 40 minutes long

Cast and Creative


Willem Dafoe
Mikhail Baryshnikov


Direction, set design, and lighting concept by Robert Wilson
Written by Daniil Kharms
Adapted by Darryl Pinckney
Music by Hal Willner
Costumes by Jacques Reynaud
Lighting design by A.J. Weissbard
Sound Design by Marco Olivieri


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