Playwrights Foundation Presents: Des Voix...Found in Translation
Witness history in the making experience 3 brand new plays by hot, young French playwrights translated by the Bay Area's fiercest artist/scholars. And don't miss the festival special events: the Bal Littéraire a new play nightclub imported directly from the French Avant-Garde, and the Colloquium on International Playwriting featuring Laurent Muhleisen from Paris and Judith Miller from NYU.
DES VOIXFOUND IN TRANSLATION is an exciting festival of staged readings of new plays by contemporary French playwrights, newly translated into English. After each play the audience will have an opportunity to discuss the play with the playwrights and translators.
Tickets for each event may be purchased individually, and with VIP* Seating, or go to all events with a Festival Pass, which includes VIP* treatment at a 40% discount.
*VIP Tickets include the best seats in the house, reserved, and a glass of wine or soft drink!
Friday, May 25, 7pm: Opening Event Bal Littéraire: A New Play Nightclub
Saturday, May 26, 4pm: Communique N10
Saturday, May 26, 8pm: Pride, Pursuit, and Decapitation
Sunday, May 27, 11am-3pm: Colloquium (Free)
Sunday, May 27, 5pm: Out There
THE PLAYS (in order of performance):
COMMUNIQUE N10 by Samuel Gallet
Built like a puzzle, and set in a slightly futuristic megalopolis surrounded by a wasteland where refugees and rebels seek refuge, Gallet's play is neither strictly realistic, nor a thriller, nor a hallucinated vision of the future, but all three simultaneously.
PRIDE, PURSUIT, AND DECAPITATION by Marion Aubert
A ferocious and unsparing comedy in which a mad playwright conjures up a whirlwind of hilarious unhinged scenes in lurid color to depict the everyday insanity of our world.
OUT THERE by Nathalie Fillion
While global markets collapse and sound investments dissolve, Jean, a depressed man in his forties, propelled into euphoria by a new anti-depressant, prepares to sell off the family's properties. A highly-charged Chechkovian family drama for the 21st century.
THE SPECIAL EVENTS
BAL LITTERAIRE: A NEW PLAY NIGHTCLUB
Performed for one evening only! "Bal Littéraire" created by French and American playwrights the week of the festival, is presented in association with Litquake. The engaging evening "tells a story, a story with songs we can all dance to" as it unfolds in a celebratory club atmosphere with audience and artists dancing between scenes, a no-host bar and food.
COLLOQUIUM ON INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING
Led by Judith Miller, the foremost American translator of French plays, and Laurent Muhleisen, foremost international translator, and executive director of the Maison Antoine Vitez in Paris. Conversations with the audience as a think-tank exploration of Theater, Language and Culture.
This festival is a major new international exchange project between Playwrights Foundation, a legendary new play development organization in San Francisco, and the Maison Antoine Vitez (MAV), the International Centre for Drama Translation in Paris, in an exchange that exposes the work of the newest and most innovative contemporary playwrights to audiences in both countries, sharing ideas and perspectives of today's world, and increasing and deepening cultural exchanges between France and the U.S.
The San Francisco festival will feature translations of wildly provocative new plays by three of the most innovative emerging playwrights working in France today. Plays by Marion Aubert, Samuel Gallet, and Nathalie Fillion, will be performed in English during a Festival, scheduled from May 25-27, 2012, in partnership with Z Space, a theater located in San Francisco's vibrant, cutting-edge Mission District.
Z Space (View)
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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