Howard Barker's The Europeans takes place in war-ravaged Vienna after the Turkish invasion of the late 1600's, during which Christianity and Islam brutally collided. Vienna is now a place where manners have disappeared, women sell their bodies for loaves of bread, and the blood of Turkish prisoners runs free. The Emperor craves the normality of the past, but only Starhemburg, the military commander, realizes that a new future must be forged, and sees Katrin - a young woman mutilated, raped and impregnated by the Turks - as the agent for change. Thus begins a harrowing love story.
The Europeans unapologetically reveals us as primal beasts struggling to learn the love of self and finding the spirit to love each another. Richard Romagnoli directs.
Playing in repertory with Therese Raquin.