Is it theater—or the best cocktail conversation ever? A sell-out hit at New York’s Under the Radar Festival, this UK- and Germany-based collective uses Tolstoy’s epic as a launch pad for a gleeful, audience-interactive experience. Reenacting the high-society party that opens War and Peace, the cast selects audience members to join them onstage for a high-octane mashup of War and Peace quotes, improv, live video, even a fashion show—all to explore Tolstoy’s enduring question: Is it possible to be moral in a deeply flawed world? You’ll want to be in the room as “Gob Squad … teases out ideas, characters and situations from Tolstoy’s mammoth, 1869 novel … and makes them their own” (The Herald Sun, Melbourne).
Post-performance discussions with the artists