The Emperor explores political power. Set at the brink of Haile Selassie's downfall, Kathryn Hunter gets inside of ten different male servants of Selassie to create complex human portraits. The play's author, Ryszard Kapuściński, cagily used The Emperor to illuminate corruption and avarice in his native country, communist Poland. Today, as adapted by Colin Teevan and performed by this incomparable theatrical team, the material just as strongly illuminates the world's continuing and disturbing fascination with despotism. This will be the American premiere of The Emperor, directed by Walter Meierjohann.