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A.R.T. Guide

Winter 2022/23 Edition
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Artistic Director’s Welcome


We are delighted that Life of Pi and The Wife of Willesden are both making their North American debuts at A.R.T. this winter.

Both pieces are adaptations.  Life of Pi brings Yann Martel’s 2001 novel to thrilling new life on stage with breathtaking design and awe-inspiring puppetry. Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Max Webster, this Olivier Award-winning production continues to captivate audiences in London’s West End. It has been an immense pleasure to welcome Life of Pi’s creative team, and to assemble this new company in Boston, where they have been immersed in the creative process of bringing this show to new life at the Loeb Drama Center.

Beginning performances in February, The Wife of Willesden reimagines a section of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a collection of contemporary pub stories. Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, this piece marks the first work for the stage by acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith. Drawing especially on Chaucer’s “Tale of the Wife of Bath,” The Wife of Willesden celebrates the power of storytelling to bring communities together. The production comes to us from Kiln Theatre, an internationally renowned institution located in the heart of Brent—the most culturally diverse borough in the city of London.

It’s a great joy to share these productions, which both speak to the power and magic of storytelling. Read on in this Guide for more information about these works, including creative team interviews and reflections by Yann Martel and Zadie Smith. Thank you so much for joining us. See you at the theater!

Diane Paulus
Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director

The Wife of Willesden