Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
By Luigi Pirandello
Translation and adaptation by François Regnault
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
An identity crisis for the theater itself, Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 epitome of absurdism is a masterpiece of blurred dramatic lines, brought cleverly to life in this production from director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
A dysfunctional family of six interrupts the rehearsal of a play to make a curious claim: They are characters who’ve been abandoned by their author and are seeking a theater troupe to give them an artful sense of completion. On a spare set, portrayers and portrayed begin to overlap, as fiction and reality follow suit. The result is a beguiling tragedy that turns notions of authorship and agency on their heads while offering humanity critical insight into its own selectively scribed existence.
Set and light design by Yves Collet
Music by Jefferson Lembeye
Costumes by Corinne Baudelot
Théâtre de la Ville is one of the most important cultural landmarks in Paris.