Divided by the Police
A part of the cultural programme of Amsterdam Pride 2005.

Aputheatre present ‘Romophobia’ a new and powerful play by Amsterdam playwright John Roman Baker. The play is being presented in July and August as part of the cultural programme of Amsterdam Pride 2005.

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Two young Romanians Gheorghe and Ion played by Christian Schmitt and Erik de Kruijf are hunted by the Police in Amsterdam and tormented by their own homosexual feelings. In a series of encounters they discover their shared desires and re-enact the power relationships that have subjugated them.

A hard-hitting but inspiring love story, Romophobia is an intense, at times erotic play that does not show its protagonists as victims but as confused young men who leave a Romania that persecutes and ignores them to find a better life here. The irony is that our society equally persecutes them as criminals. Hypocrisy of this kind neither understands the love of male prostitutes nor does it comprehend the complexities of why these young men should look for an identity in a lifestyle that is held in such contempt. This is not a play for those with comfortable values.

The performances are in English.

Written and Directed by: John Roman Baker

Performers: Erik de Kruijf & Christian Schmitt

Produced by: Rod Evan


Production Details

28, 29, 30 July & 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 August 2005


COC Theater
Rozenstraat 14, Amsterdam

Tickets: €9.50 / €7.50

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COC +31 (0)20 626 3087
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Inspiration for the play dame from the political phenomenon that occurred in the Netherlands last year with the rise and subsequent death of Pim Fortuyn. Rod Evan, the coordinator of Aputheatre explains, ‘In just a few short months a huge swathe of the Dutch population shifted their politics to the right, inspired by the right-wing rhetoric and charisma of a gay man. The man himself was brutally shot down but politics in the Netherlands changed irrevocably after his death.’

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