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Isabelle Huppert is an incestuous queen, times three.
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Tuesday September 13, 2016
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US Premiere
Sep 13—Sep 18, 2016

After Sarah Kane, Wajdi Mouawad and J. M. Coetzee
Directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski
Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe


Confess or repress: those are the options available when you lust after your stepson. The volcanic Isabelle Huppert, as the mythic queen Phaedra, tries both on for size in this carnal triptych combining multiple versions of the salacious Greek legend. Drawing from playwright Sarah Kane’s graphic study Phaedra’s Love and texts by J.M. Coetzee and Wajdi Mouawad for the script, Phaedra(s) imagines its heroine as a brutalized victim—alternately bloodied, blond-wigged, and professorial—cast into a stark world of exotic dancers and glass-walled rooms. Krzysztof Warlikowski directs this postmodern plunge into forbidden love, where sexuality wears sunglasses en route to illicit ends.


Dramaturgy by Piotr Gruszczynski
Set and costume design by Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting design by Felice Ross
Music by Pawel Mykietyn
Lighting design by Felice Ross
Video design by Denis Guéguin
Choreography by Claude Bardouil and Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Makeup, and hair design by Sylvie Cailler and Jocelyne Milazzo
Additional music composed by Bruno Helstroffer
Sound design by Thierry Jousse

Produced by Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe
Co-produced by Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand – La Scène nationale, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de Liège, Barbican – London & LIFT, and Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens

In French with English titles
3hrs 22min with intermission
Balcony seating is only accessible by 70 stairs.  
“A star vehicle for Isabelle Huppert”
— Financial Times
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