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Friday, October 13, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2017 8:00 PM // Power Center

L’Etat de siège (State of Siege)
Théâtre de la Ville

Photo credit: Christophe Dessaigne 1
 

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.

After thrilling stage productions of Ionesco’s Rhinocéros in 2012 and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2014, Théâtre de la Ville returns with L’Etat de siège (State of Siege), a dizzying and alternative fact-filled allegory by Albert Camus about defiance in the face of authoritarianism.

In this nightmarish future, a city is reduced to silence and submission to authority. The Plague brings order, administration, lists, records, statistics, and persecution — until a young man, Diego, organizes a revolt. Written in 1948 in the aftermath of World War II, State of Siege reflects the creation of a corrupt, totalitarian regime, weaving together paranoia, endurance, and the necessity of resistance.

Performed in French with English supertitles. Please Note: this production contains strobe effects.

Artist Q&A. Friday, October 13, post-performance.

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • The James Garavaglia Theater Endowment Fund

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Wallace Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

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10/13/17 8:00 PM
10/14/17 8:00 PM

Power Center

L’Etat de siège (State of Siege)
Théâtre de la Ville

DETAILS

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.

After thrilling stage productions of Ionesco’s Rhinocéros in 2012 and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2014, Théâtre de la Ville returns with L’Etat de siège (State of Siege), a dizzying and alternative fact-filled allegory by Albert Camus about defiance in the face of authoritarianism.

In this nightmarish future, a city is reduced to silence and submission to authority. The Plague brings order, administration, lists, records, statistics, and persecution — until a young man, Diego, organizes a revolt. Written in 1948 in the aftermath of World War II, State of Siege reflects the creation of a corrupt, totalitarian regime, weaving together paranoia, endurance, and the necessity of resistance.

Performed in French with English supertitles. Please Note: this production contains strobe effects.

Artist Q&A. Friday, October 13, post-performance.

SPONSORS

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

  • The James Garavaglia Theater Endowment Fund

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Wallace Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

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UMS LOBBY

Student Spotlight: Summer with Théâtre de la Ville

Héctor Flores Komatsu (U-M student and UMS intern) shares photos and anecdotes from his summer internship with Théâtre de la Ville.

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