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April

Guy Cassiers, Toneelhuis, de Koe

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Two people meet in a room and talk for two hours. After that talk, war breaks out.

In July 1990, April Glaspie, the American ambassador in Iraq, sat down with Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq. A few days later Iraq invaded Kuwait. The reaction was not long in coming: in the Spring of 1991, a coalition led by the US invaded Iraq. The first Gulf War was a fact.

Exactly thirty years later, playwright Willem de Wolf brings together three figures in April: April Glaspie, who all these years has remained silent about the substance of her conversation with Saddam Hussein; Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs who died in prison in 2015; and a news anchor who wants to know what really was said between April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein.


April mixes historical visual material from recent decades with a surprisingly personal and intimate perspective. The show raises burningly topical questions about the troubled relationship between the Western and Arab worlds, the role of the media, and the power (or lack of power) of diplomacy and political institutions. 

Credits

director

  • Guy Cassiers

text

  • Willem de Wolf

with

  • Katelijne Damen
  • Eelco Smits
  • Sabri Saad El Hamus

dramaturgy

  • Erwin Jans

light design

  • Fabiana Piccioli

musical design

  • Kris Defoort

production

  • Toneelhuis

coproduction

  • de Koe

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Saturday 1 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Sunday 2 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Monday 3 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Tuesday 4 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 5 May 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Tuesday 11 May 2021 — cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Hasselt
    Cancelled
  7. Friday 14 May 2021 — 20h00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
    Cancelled
  8. Saturday 15 May 2021 — 20h00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
    Cancelled
  9. Sunday 16 May 2021 — 15h00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
    Cancelled
  10. Friday 28 May 2021 — 20h00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  11. Friday 4 June 2021 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  12. Saturday 5 June 2021 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  13. Sunday 6 June 2021 — 15h00 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  14. Tuesday 8 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  15. Wednesday 9 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  16. Thursday 10 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  17. Friday 11 June 2021 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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