The Man Who

Using Oliver Sacks’ neurological study The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat as its inspiration, The Man Who offers a series of fascinating Doctor/Patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain

Play title: The Man Who

Author (s): Peter Brook, Marie-Helene Estienne

Publisher: Methuen

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Drama  

Primary Discipline: Neuroscience

Secondary Discipline Psychology

Scientist (s) Fictional

Source Texts: The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Character Breakdown: Doctor, Doctor 2, Patient 1, Patient 2, Autist

Setting Hospital

Time Period Present Day

Synopsis of Play: Whatever the social and national barriers, we all have a brain and we think we know it. But, the moment we go inside, we find we are on another planet.

Using Oliver Sacks’ neurological study The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat as its inspiration, The Man Who offers a series of fascinating Doctor/Patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain. In turn, these case studies become Brook’s starting point in his search for a new theatre form. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-man-who-9780413771414/

First Performance Date: February 18, 1994

First Producer: Theaterhaus Gessnerallee

Performance History: The Man Who by Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Estienne was first performed, in English, at the Theatrehaus Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland, February 18th, 1994. It was directed by Peter Brook and the music was by Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh.

Review Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/15/theater/theater-review-the-man-who-peter-brook-charts-twists-and-turns-of-the-human-mind.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/02/peter-brook-tip-of-the-tongue-the-prisoner-battlefield-olivier-gielgud

http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/101/the-development-of-theatre-peter-brook-and-the-human-connection  

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                       

Yoshi Oida in the Munich production.                                       David Bennent, Sotigui Kouyate, Yoshi Oida in

Photo: Gilles Abegg                                                                       the New York production. Photo: Gilles Abegg.

                                      

Yoshi Oida, Maurice Benichou, Sotigui Kouyate                        Oliver Sacks

in the Munich production. Photo: Gilles Abegg.      

                                    

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