Bashar Murkus / Khashabi Theatre [PS]

The Museum

The Museum
The Museum

10.12 – 11.12.2019

A man commits a terrorist attack in a museum of contemporary art, killing 49 children and a teacher. His plan to commit suicide by cop fails, however. They arrest and interrogate him, resulting in a death sentence.

He waits on death row for seven years. A week before his execution, he convinces the police detective who was in charge of his case to join him for his last meal. The two men meet each other in the space where the lethal injection will be administered, where they play risky and manipulative games that could only take place on a final night. What meaning do these two men hope to find in the death that they both desire, each in their own way?

• Bashar Murkus is a Palestinian theatremaker and founder of the Khashabi Theatre and Ensemble. He previously presented New Middle East and Other Places at Kaaitheater.


written and directed by Bashar Murkus | research Majd Kayyal | dramaturgy Khulood Basel | scenography Majdala Khoury | with Henry Andrawes, Ramzi Maqdisi | music Nihad Awidat | light design & technical director Muaz Aljubeh | graphic design Nihad Awidat | translation Lore Baeten | production Khashabi Theatre | co-production Schlachthaus Theatre, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre, Vooruit

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Not fighting about my life, but about the meaning of my life

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Not fighting about my life, but about the meaning of my life
Not fighting about my life, but about the meaning of my life

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Wed 16.10.19

When we spoke to Bashar Murkus about his latest play, The Museum, he was taking a few days off. It was the perfect moment for an interview, he said. In The Museum, he stages a dangerous power game: “Violence is not something that belongs to one person, it is part of all human beings.”