The Storm Theatre and Blackfriars Repertory Theatre present the second show of The Paul Claudel Project, THE SATIN SLIPPER or The Worst Is Not The Surest by Paul Claudel, beginning January 8, 2010 at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Park (one block from Columbia University). Tickets are $25 and are available at www.smarttix.com or by phone at 212-868-4444.
THE SATIN SLIPPER is The Storm Theatre’s second offering from French playwright, poet and diplomat Paul Claudel. Considered one of the 20th century's greatest geniuses, his work has been strangely neglected in the English speaking world. This passionate epic, set in the Golden Age of Spain, spans several continents and many years, exploring the clash between human and Divine love and its role in salvation of mankind. In the process, this cosmic romance cuts to the core of human existence in a way that only the greatest of dramas can. Originally nine hours long, Claudel cut the script down to four hours and forty five minutes for its world premiere in 1943 (directed and starring Jean Louis Barrault) at the Commedie Francaise during the Nazi occupation. This production has been abridged to 2 hrs and 45 minutes of sublime story telling.
Much like THE TIDINGS BROUGHT TO MARY, presented last spring as the first part of the Paul Claudel Project, in THE SATIN SLIPPER, Claudel “explores the natures, differences and interactions of human and divine love, and how the resulting conflicts serve a greater plan” said Peter Dobbins, artistic director of The Storm Theatre. The scene is set during the Renaissance at the time of the conquistadors. The play is a love story dominated by the ideas of sin and redemption and the various characters, some divine and some comic, frequently engage in a dialogue as though between Heaven and Earth.
January 8 - February 6
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 7:30pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Extra performance Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm
Theater: Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame
Address: 405 W. 114th Street
New York, NY 10025
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Storm Theatre at 212-868-4444