The Castle

Upon returning from the Crusades (one of them, anyway), a pious Knight, his ribald Squire, and a cunning Captured Servant behold lush, natural overgrowth where once there was an industrious kingdom. Is this what happens when the women are left in charge? Absurd carnage ensues as the Knight restores order by building walls. Barker’s 1985 play is a catastrophic, repulsive, and hysterical examination of the orthodox institution’s reaction to social progress.