Elemental, stark and with a ruthless logic, The Crime of the Twenty-First Century is a play about a devastated, desperate world. A woman lives in a desert of white rubble, sustained by the only working tap in a flattened and deserted landscape. A tiny group of people come to her seeking water – an old man, a young escaped prisoner, and a furious young woman. Searching for somewhere to hide, instead they are exposed to the deepest questions of human drama.The Crime of the Twenty-First Century is a stunning play about the possibility of society and the inevitable momentum of violence. The dialogue is angular and tortured; the play is heavy with the great pain of a destructive world.
Bond’s play was first performed in 2001 at Le Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris. It is the second play in his The Paris Pentad (originally called The Colline Tetralogy), preceded by Coffee and followed by Born, People and Innocence.