|Stone Soup Theater Arts "Staging Occupation" Reading Series
| Open: 09/16/07 Close: 09/17/07
Five Russian revolutionaries plan an assassination. Under what circumstances does justice demand murder? Les Justes, "the just ones," is a play in five acts by Albert Camus following the attempt by a group of socialist revolutionaries to liberate the people of Russia from the yoke of the aristocracy. The play, based on historical events, explores the notion of what defines an occupation, portraying tsarist aristocrats as an illegitimate, outside force acting to suppress the freedom of the Russian people. By inviting an associate artist to present a new, English-language translation of a French play about the Russian Revolution, Stone Soup examines the critical issues of liberty and identity in a global context.
Albert Camus (Playwright) is a Nobel Prize-winning French novelist, essayist, and playwright. While best known for such novels as L'Étranger (The Stranger), La Peste (The Plague), and La Chute (The Fall), he was also a well-known playwright (Caligula, Cross Purpose), journalist, and activist in leftist causes. In 1941, he joined the French resistance movement against the Nazis and became editor of the underground newspaper, Combat. Camus was primarily associated with the existentialist movement, though he preferred not to associate himself with any one school of thought. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
Adam Hunault (Translator/Director) is a writer and Michigan native. A fluent French-speaker, he has lived and worked in France several times over the past few years, making him an ideal candidate to tackle the translation of this pivotal Camus work. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, his short story "The Royal Flush Saga," was published in the Winter 2007 issue of The Iowa Review. "Penetralia," a play he co-authored with members of Stone Soup Theater Arts in 2006, discussed the dangers of doing away with personal privacy and was the company's most popular play to date. His politically-charged one-act satire, "The Maguffin", was performed by Stone Soup in April 2007 causing the Gay CIty News to proclaim "This is what satire should be!"
Stone Soup Theatre Arts was founded in 2001 in order to produce socially conscious, ensemble-based work. Each season, the company examines a new contemporary social issue, presenting a published work by an established playwright and an original piece, written collaboratively after months of research. The company's productions, created to initiate change both outside and inside the theater through its balance of activism and art, have been featured in USA Today, The Village Voice, and The Jewish Week. NYTheatre.com commended Stone Soup's ability to "see the human journey through the eyes of many races, homelands, and periods in time [and using] the theatre as a means to educate."
The staged reading of Les Justes will be presented on September 16th and 17th at 7:00PM at the West End Theater (W. 86th St. and West End Avenue). Tickets are $10 and include a post-show discussion with the cast/creative team and a special guest. Following Les Justes, the Staging Occupation Reading Series will continue with the following works at various NYC venues:
The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht - October 14 & 15, 2007
Directed by Gia Forakis
The Yellow Boat by David Saar- November 18 & 19, 2007
Directed by DR Mann Hanson
The Cure at Troy by Sophocles - January 27 & 28, 2008
Directed by Kate Temple-West
Translated by Seamus Heaney
| Open: 10/20/05 Close: 11/05/05
Following Michael Majeski as he recounts a series of comical and endearing mishaps on a seemingly simple business trip to Indiana, it is a trip backwards to startling revelations. Michael offers his story to radio hosts, talk shows, and filmmakers, but the spotlight requires a little more; his marriage, his past, and his soul become sacrifices to the satellite skies.