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zondag 27 november 2016

5 Dutch Days 2016: 'Poison' by Lot Vekemans

5 Dutch Days 2016: Upcoming Events


Euro-Hit Play by Lot Vekemans Now Playing Off-Broadway, directed by Erwin Maas

Nov 10 - Dec 11, 2016



Birgit Huppuch and Michael Laurence star in Poison.

The European theatrical sensation "Poison" by Dutch playwright Lot Vekemans has come to New York for its English language premiere in a limited five-week Off-Broadway engagement. Starring the OBIE Award-winner Birgit Huppuch, and the Drama Desk nominee Michael Laurence, the two-character drama about a couple that rediscovers the toxicity of their failed relationship after a time apart is directed by NAF Alumnus Erwin Maas. It plays 27-performances at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row.

In "Poison" words are used to conceal the truth and maintain boundaries as a couple meet again after a lengthy separation. Try as they might to avoid speaking about what happened and what has happened since, their fragility and doubt, as well as ability to heal, all seep in through the cracks of newly opened wounds.

"Poison" is widely considered one of the most successful international theatrical hits from the Netherlands. Vekemans, its female playwright, picked up the Netherlands top playwriting award in 2010 and the play has been produced in Russia, South America, China, and across Europe where it has also earned numerous awards. Produced multiple times in Germany, it earned a 2014 Faust Award for the actress Dagmar Manzel. The Dutch screen version of the play is scheduled to premiere in 2018. An English film adaptation is in development.

The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

$65 p.p.
Phone: 212-239-6200
online: or
(90 minute performance)

Origin Theatre Company (George C. Heslin artistic director), which presents the American premieres of new works by Europe's brightest contemporary playwrights, produces "Poison," which is translated from Dutch by Rina Vergano. The show's production design team includes Jian Jung (set and costume design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (lighting), and Sam LaFrage (sound design). Performing live as a vocalist is Jordan Rutter. Carol Sullivan is the production stage manager.

These performances have been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation

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