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Gob Squad Collective: War and Peace


Gob Squad Collective
War and Peace

Cheeky, insightful devised theater explores big topics in Tolstoy’s masterwork.


The Moore Theater


“Gob Squad skip[s] fearlessly along the thin line between fiction and reality, film and live action, like reckless tightrope walkers.” The Guardian

Known for devised theater on big topics, this UK- and Germany-based collective uses Tolstoy’s epic as a launch pad for cheeky, insightful new theater. Reenacting the salon that opens War and Peace, the cast selects audience members to join them onstage for drinks, discourse and brief, over-the-top bits inspired by the book. Readings, improv, live video, even a fashion show are woven together to explore Tolstoy’s enduring question: is it possible to be moral in a deeply flawed world?

Funded in part by the Robert Grinnell Fund for the Hopkins Center.