American Premiere The Book of Disquiet Michel van der Aa Jan 21, 2016 7:30 pm; Jan 22, 2016 7:30 pm; Jan 24, 2016 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

The Book of Disquiet is the first large-scale work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa to be presented in the United States. Van der Aa, a Grawemeyer and Johannes Vermeer Award-winning composer, is a master of multimedia creations that combine narrative with music, live action, and film. Fernando Pessoa is the brilliant Portuguese poet who harbored "a kaleidoscope of voices within him" (The Guardian). Van der Aa's internationally acclaimed adaptation of Pessoa's breathtakingly original work stars British actor Samuel West (Suffragette, Mr. Selfridge, Howard's End) as the writer's alter ego, with music direction by Alan Pierson (Dog Days, Mind Out of Matter).

Read The Guardian's review of The Book of Disquiet.

Read The Guardian's profile of "art omnivore" Michel van der Aa.

No Performance Saturday, January 23

Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University will be closed on Saturday, January 23.  As a result, there will be no Saturday night performance of Michel van der Aa's The Book of Disquiet.  We are disappointed to make this decision, but the safety of artists and audience members traveling to the theater is our primary concern.  Performances on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, January 24 at 3 pm, will go on as scheduled.  Ticket holders for Saturday's performance are invited to exchange their tickets with no charge.  When exchanges are not possible, refunds will be issued.  The Peak Performances box office will remain open until 7:30 pm on Friday, January 22, and will re-open on Sunday, January 24 at noon.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Stay warm, and stay safe!
For refunds or exchanges, contact the Peak Performances box office at 973-655-5112.

Meet the Composer/Director!

Fri Jan 22 - Alexander Kasser Theater, Upper Lobby - 6:30 PM Free and Open to the Public!

Mingle with Michel van der Aa, the award-winning composer, filmmaker, and director who adapted Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet for the stage, while you enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres before the show.  This is a free event; no ticket is required.

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Help Peak Performances go green! Browse or download the Book of Disquiet program before you come to the theater and help save paper in the process.

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