"The State" with African and American Premieres
at the end of November, the perfromance „The State“ conceived by Alexander Manuiloff had its African premiere at the 4th Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda at sold-out houses and enchanted audiences. A theatre review by a local critic named it „a clever analogy for democracy and politics”. (here)
On November 29, “The State” flew to the USA for its North American premiere within the 14th season of Forum Theatre in Washington DC. The perfromance was showcased in the small hall of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in the centre of town.
It received coverage by the Washington Post which called it “a powerful memorial, a protest, a resistance, a spur”. (here)
The specialised magazine DC Theatre Scene awarded five stars to the show and looked into its “carefully crafted microcosm”, to see “a rare performance wherein form elevates content to a painful and exquisite degree”.
In the same time, Broadway World viewed “The State” as “akin to magical realism”. It pointed out the perfromance’s ability to be a “thoughtful look into the concept of self” concluding that: “It's impossible to see "The State" without learning something about yourself”. (here)
The piece was also shown to students at Georgetown University, where it is already part of the experimental theatre course’s curriculum. (here)
“The State” has been invited to Washington by Forum Theatre’s artistic director Michael Dove and was part of the theatre’s selection of plays this season, together with Caryl Chrchill’s “Love and Information” and Nathan Alan Davis’s “Nat Turner in Jerusalem”. (more here)