A group of six adults gather and hunched over a boombox on a dark stage with potted greenery.


October 4–5, 2007 at 8PM
WMHT Studios in the Rensselaer Technology Park

“How are you?” “I’m fine, considering the circumstances. And how are you?” “Yes.”

KOMMER is an awkward, spare, painfully funny portrait of human frailty in 50% theater, 50% film. The actors of the Amsterdam-based theater collective Kassys use precise movement and a deadpan delivery to create a stilted world on stage, where six people gather to mark and ponder the loss of a dear friend. Each person tries to absorb the news and give relief to the others, but the well-meant words and gestures wind up more like misplaced clichés. They reflect the inherent discomfort of the situation, stuck between tenderness and missed communication. In the second half of the performance, the actors leave the stage and the audience gets to catch a glimpse of their “real” lives, as they go out into the night after the show. KOMMER means “sorrow” in Dutch

Dates + Tickets

Thursday 4
8:00 PM
October 2007
Friday 5
8:00 PM
October 2007


Production Credits

Performers: Mischa van Dullemen, Lukas Dijkema, Liesbeth Gritter, Ton Heijligers, Saskia Meulendijks, Esther Snelder Director: Liesbeth Gritter Coordination/Assistant Director: Mette van der Sijs Technical director: Klaas Paradies This North American tour of KOMMER is produced by MAPP International Productions. Executive Director and Producer: Ann Rosenthal Co-Director and Producer: Cathy Zimmerman Associate Producer: Jordana Phokompe KOMMER is a Kassys production, co-produced with Productiehuis [Frascati] in Amsterdam, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg) and Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Gent. Funded by Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, hetveemtheater Amsterdam, wpZimmer Antwerpen, Terschellings Oerol, VSB Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The 2007 North American Tour has been supported by The Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York, Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten and OC&W.