by Florian Zeller
The tense and thrilling plot could well be ‘borrowed’ by Florian Zeller from the drama of any contemporary family these days: divorced parents; their troubled teenage son no longer trusting them and facing a communication breakdown, attempts to ‘scream mutely’ his pain and longing for a family and understanding.
The boy lives with his mother, where a depressing and chilly atmosphere of loneliness pervades, lacking her affection and support, agonizingly missing his father, who has started a stepfamily and has another child. The kid responds by skipping months of school; closing in on himself, cloistering himself behind imaginary protective walls, and rebelling in his own way.
Does his behaviour come as a response to the fact that the chemistry isn’t there between the ex-spouses, who are his parents? To play the blame game? To an upheaval in the stepfamily? To reconciliation?
The Son by Florian Zeller is all about a big and thorny question addressed to all of us from the stage: Does love come at a price? Or you can’t put a price on love?
Premiere: 17th and 18th of January 2020