The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

Peter Handke

Phil Soltanoff

Some years ago, playwright Peter Handke was sitting in a town square watching people come and go. Suddenly men carrying a coffin emerged from a house and transformed the square into a stage, lending each vignette that followed – a woman walking her dog, a couple having an argument, a man jogging – special meaning.

Inspired by this experience, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other is a play without words, narrated by music and animated by unspoken interaction. It has 450 characters.


“The play asks the question what is a stage direction anyway? If a play says “A man enters”, does that mean a short guy or tall guy, entering from the left or right, blond, funny-looking, old, young…etc. Handke makes a play out of the subjectivity of describing the stage, and in turn, describing the labels we attach to ourselves and others in life. Our impressions, how we label ourselves and others, are often mistaken and full of cliche, yet we build our meanings from these impressions. Handke’s play swims in these ideas. The performance will be a romp of an experience; deeply physical and full of joie de vivre, as they say.

The “script” is only stage directions. When you try and read it as you would an ordinary play, you get stumped. In fact, I got completely frustrated the first several times I read it. But after awhile, when I embraced my own ignorance, and approached the play as Handke’s subjective take on what he was seeing, it all started to make a lot more sense. The play asks the reader to do something unique: write the play as you read it. Handke describes the experiences, you fill them out, and connect them to your own experience. It’s a pretty fabulous adventure once you take that risk.” – Phil Soltanoff

The Hour runs approx. 75 minutes with no intermission

  • There will be no late seating
  • This production features the use of strobe lights
  • This production features the use of bright lights and loud sounds
  • Food + Drink concessions will be available before the show
  • If you need assistance with accessibility please email

Production Info

Director, Scenic & Sound: Phil Soltanoff
Lighting & Associate Scenic: Jared Klein
Costumes: Samantha Garwood
Assistant Directors: Cara Geser and Sarah Marlin
Associate Sound: August Sylvester
Video: Emily Egan
Hair: L. Esther Hibbs
Props: Jessie Blackman and Amelia Schuster
Stage Manager: Emily Hardy

Dates & Tickets

November 22-24 and December 5-8, 2019
All performances at 8pm, except Sundays at 2pm
Tickets are not availabile at this time

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