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State of Siege (L’État de siège)
Nov 2—Nov 4, 2017

Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
By Albert Camus
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota


A comet screams ominously through the sky, rupturing the sweet status quo of a sleepy summer. One by one, stricken bodies collapse as two smiling bureaucrats, the Plague and his loyal secretary Death, take control of the government, imposing a regime of contagion, domination, and disinformation.

Renowned French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014 Next Wave; Rhinoceros, 2012 Next Wave) sets his expansive sights on Albert Camus’ 1948 play, an alternative-fact-filled allegory as disquieting today as it was in the soul-searching years after World War II. Amid the fear and betrayal festering in the shadowy scenography of Demarcy-Mota’s occupied city, survivors struggle to grasp the freedom that might yet be within their reach.


Set design by Yves Collet
Lighting design by Yves Collet & Christophe Lemaire
Sound design by David Lesser
Costume design by Fanny Brouste
Video design by Mike Guermyet

Produced by Théâtre de la Ville-Paris. Co-produced by les Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre national de Bretagne, and BAM.

The US tour of Stage of Siege has been made possible through support from Institut français, City of Paris and the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the USA

In French with English titles
1hr 35min
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