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UMS Concert Program, October 13, 2017 - October 14, 2017 - State of Siege

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State of Siege A production of
ThŽ‰tre de la Ville Ð Paris      Albert Camus
Writer Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
Director Friday Evening, October 13, 2017 at 8:00 Saturday Evening, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 Power Center
Ann Arbor 10th and 11th Performances of the 139th Annual Season
Theater Series This weekendÕs performances are sponsored by the James Garavaglia Theater Endowment Fund. This weekendÕs performances are funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund. Media partnership provided by WDET 101.9 FM. Special thanks to Tiffany Ng, assistant professor of carillon and university carillonist, for coordinating the pre-performance music on the Charles Baird Carillon prior to Friday eveningÕs performance. State of Siege appears by arrangement with David Eden Productions. In consideration of the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance. The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited. CAST The Plague / Serge Maggiani The Man / Hugues Quester The Judge / Alain Libolt The Secretary / ValŽrie Dashwood Diego / Matthieu Dessertine Victoria / Hannah Levin Seiderman The Alcade / Jauris Casanova Nada / Philippe Demarle An Actress, The Counselor, A Woman of the People / Sandra Faure The JudgeÕs Wife, An Actress, A Woman of the People / Sarah Karbasnikoff The Priest, An Actor, A Man of the People / GŽrald Maillet An Actor, A Man of the People / Walter NÕGuyen The Governor, A Man of the People / Pascal Vuillemot A Child / Shiva Demarle CREATIVE TEAM Text / Albert Camus Director / Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota Assistant Director / Christophe Lemaire Set Designer / Yves Collet Lighting Designers / Yves Collet and Christophe Lemaire Costume Designer / Fanny Brouste Sound Designer / David Lesser Image Designer / Mike Guermyet Mask Designer / Anne Leray Make-Up Designer / Catherine Nicolas Artistic Collaborator / Franois Regnault Lighting Assistant / Thomas Falinower Second Assistant Director / Julie PeignŽ PRODUCERS Production / ThŽ‰tre de la Ville Ð Paris Co-Production / Les ThŽ‰tres de la Ville de Luxembourg, ThŽ‰tre national de Bretagne-Rennes, Brooklyn Academy of Music-New York Artistic Support / Jeune thŽ‰tre national Premiere: March 8, 2017, ThŽ‰tre de la Ville Ð Espace Cardin, Paris State of Siege is approximately one hour and 45 minutes in duration and is performed without intermission. Following Friday eveningÕs performance, please feel free to remain in your seats and join us for a post-performance Q&A with members of the company. One can see well enough that this is a work of anger, but on this subject I have only one thing to add: I thought of calling this show ÒThe Love of Living.Ó Ñ Albert Camus PREFACE In 1941, Barrault had the idea of putting on a show around the myth of the plague, which had also tempted Antonin Artaud. In the years that followed, he decided that it would be simpler to adapt to his purposes Daniel DefoeÕs important book, A Journal of the Plague Year. He then laid out the canvas for his staging. When he learned that, on my end, I was going to publish a novel on this same theme, he offered that I write dialogues around his framework. I had other ideas, and, in particular, it seemed to me preferable to forget Daniel Defoe and return to BarraultÕs first concept. The plan, in short, was to imagine a myth that would be understandable to all audiences in 1948. The State of Siege is the result of this attempt, and I have the weakness to believe that it merits some interest. However: 1.     It must be understood that The State of Siege, whatever may have been said about it, is in no way an adaptation of my novel. 2.     It is not a play with a traditional structure, but rather a piece whose self-professed goal is to combine all different forms of dramatic expression, from lyric monologue to collective theater, and including mime, simple dialogue, farce, and chorus. 3.     While it is true that I wrote all the text, it is also true that BarraultÕs name should, in all fairness, be attached to mine. This was not possible, for reasons that seemed appropriate to me. But I must clearly say that I remain in Jean-Louis BarraultÕs debt. Ñ Albert Camus, November 20, 1948, Les ƒditions Gallimard, 1948, 
NRF Collection A GRAND ALLEGORY ÒEach generation no doubt feels duty bound to reform the world; yet mine knows that it will not reform it. But its job may be even greater, as it consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.Ó ÑAlbert Camus, speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1957 I was 17 when I staged Caligula with a group of fellow high school students, convinced that we had to address the question of freedom and its existential ramifications. It was after Malik Oussekine had died, a victim of police violence during student demonstrations in December 1986. It was an important moment in the history of our group; we were outraged by what had happened, by the intolerable position of the far right, and by the violence of the police motorcycle squads. It was totally unacceptable, and fired our sense of outrage. So what is the situation now, 30 years on? With the terrorist attacks and all the fear, we had to stop and think, and find our way to respond to the present situation. I was reminded of a quote by Camus: ÒThere are a few of us who have a pessimistic view of the world together with a profoundly optimistic belief in mankind.Ó I felt the urge to go back to the author who had been such an influence when I was a teenager: The Rebel, The Plague, and The Myth of Sisyphus were books that had made a real impact on me. I rediscovered a man who loved theater, a man who loved words and ideas, advocating life driven on by rebellion, such rebellion bringing meaning to life, yet never causing aggressive behavior towards others. I also reread the play State of Siege which he had written in 1948, just after the horrors of World War II, after the very worst example of manÕs inhumanity to man. It was then clear that I had to bring life to this text, both astonishing and universal, a text that deserves to be rediscovered and which, today, encourages us to make commitments that will rekindle optimism. ÒThe Plague, which I wanted to be interpreted on a number of levels, does, however, have clear content on European resistance to NazismÓ (Albert Camus). Quite obviously today, references could be drawn to the climate of fear seen in different forms around the world, to the development of extremist movements whether in Europe or other countries, and to the temptation of rejecting anyone who is different, of cutting ourselves off from the outside. The world in the play appears to be sitting back and waiting, passively, having neither dreams nor ideals; and in that world, The Governor, who describes himself as the ÒKing of Immobility,Ó is suddenly overthrown by a character who calls himself The Plague and by his Secretary who, once in power, institutes a system that can be identified as a dictatorial regime, complete with purges, threats, and bans, with a corrupt, Kafka-esque administration: a reign of terror and enslavement. From then on, through the wanderings of two young lovers, Diego and Victoria, a latter day Romeo and Juliet, and through the nihilistic ideas of Nada, with the verbal jousting and folly of The Plague and The Secretary, the play raises a range of issues with great force: the struggle to defend humanist values in the face of authority prevailing through terror; the impossibility for some to have faith in any belief or ideal, and the way this can lead them to accept and sanction the very worst; the authority (either real or symbolic) of the ÒfathersÓ; the power of love, plus individual, unassailable freedom. State of Siege presents a complete dramatic work, a choral work involving the troupe and addressing space and movement. Here is writing that is realistic when showing the emergence of a political dictatorship, yet with an element of fantasy when depicting society. Here is both a play and a world, and I am pleased to be working on it with the theater company that has been with me for so many years, endeavoring through it to restate our aspiration for a joint quest to find, through the force of art, a shared domain, a poetic domain. For one question we are all asking drives us on today: what role can art play in the face of horrific perils such as we are now experiencing? And the answer we would like to offer to that question is that art can help us to feel doubt together; to question certainty, conviction, and convention; to question prejudice; and can help ideas move ahead, moving towards truth, not darkness, confronting the fate of death, and exalting the power of life. Ñ Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota THE PLAGUE We know that the plague has its benefits Ñ it opens oneÕs eyes and forces one to think. It is in this manner like all the evils of this world, and like the world itself. But whatever high-mindedness individuals may draw from it, in regarding our brothersÕ suffering, one must be a madman or a coward to acquiesce to the plague, and when confronted with it, the only watchword is revolution. Ñ Notebooks, 1943 These days, the world is setting upon the issue of borders when all people know that borders today are abstract. Ñ ÒNeither Victims nor Executioners,Ó Combat, 1948 Each person carries the plague, because no one, no, no one is immune from it. And he must watch himself constantly so that he does not, in a minute of distraction, breathe in the face of another and transfer the infection. Which is natural Ñ this is the nature of a microbe. The rest Ñ health, integrity, purity, if you like Ñ is the result of will, a will that must never cease. An honest man, one who infects no one, is one who has the fewest possible distractions. Yes, itÕs tiring being a dirt-bag. But itÕs even more tiring not wanting to be a dirt-bag. Ñ Notebooks, 1946 FEAR Between the general fear of war that everyone has and the particular fear of murderous ideologies, it is certainly true that we live in constant terror. We live in fear because persuasion is no longer possible, because man is tied entirely to history, and he can no longer turn to that part in himself, as true as the historical part, that he finds in the beauty of the world and of faces. We live in an abstract world, one of offices and machines, of absolutisms and Messiah complexes without nuance. Ñ ÒNeither Victims nor Executioners,Ó Combat, 1948 The long dialogue between men has just ceased. And, of course, a man who can no longer be persuaded is a man to feared. Ñ ÒNeither Victims nor Executioners,Ó Combat, 1948 MAN, HUMANISM Without man, the world would forever be hopeless, but there is man, and his passions, his dreams, and his community. Ñ Conference given by Albert Camus at the MacMillan Theater at Columbia University, March 28, 1946 The conflict that will arise in the coming years will not stem between the powers of utopia and those of reality, but rather between different utopias looking to insert themselves into reality and among which all that is left to do is choose the least costly. It is my belief that we can no longer reasonably hope to save everything, but that we can at least attempt to save the bodies, so that the future might remain possible. Ñ ÒNeither Victims nor Executioners,Ó Combat, 1948 ART, LOVE The stronger the revolt of an artist against the reality of the world, the greater, perhaps, is the weight of reality that will stabilize him. But this weight must never stifle the solitary demands of the artist. Ñ ÒThe Artist and His Time,Ó Uppsala University, December 14, 1957 What makes me an artist rather than a philosopher? It is that I think in terms of deaths and not in terms of ideas. Ñ Notebooks, 1945 ÒTheÊgenius resemblesÊeveryone, and no one resembles himÓÊ(Balzac). Thus it is with art, which is nothing without reality, and without which reality means little. How could it do without reality, and how could it surrender itself to it? The artist chooses his object as much as he is chosen by it. Art, in a way, is a revolt against the world in which it is fleeting and unfinished: it offers therefore nothing more than another form for the reality that art is nonetheless obliged to preserve, because this is the source of its emotion. In this way, we are all realists, and no one is. Art is neither the complete rejection nor the admission of what is. Ñ ÒThe Artist and His Time,Ó Uppsala University, December 14, 1957 I will not utter anything other than my love of living. But I will say it in my own way. It is from my joy that my writing will arise. Even that which is cruel. Ñ Notebooks I, May 1935Ñ
September 1937 Contagion There is only one freedom: coming to terms with death. After that, everything is possible. Ñ Albert Camus There is no doubt that France is a much less racist country than all those that I have had the occasion to see. This is why it is impossible to accept without revolt the signs appearing here and there of this stupid and criminal illness. And this is not a plea for ridiculous sentimentality that would place all races together in the same tenderhearted jumble. Men are not alike, itÕs true, and I know full well the distance that separates me from an African or a Muslim. But I also know what bonds me to them, and that there is something in each of them that I cannot hold in contempt without debasing myself. This is why it must be stated clearly that these signs of racism, whether spectacular or small, reveal that which is most abject and senseless in the hearts of men. And it is only once we triumph that we will save the difficult right to denounce the spirit of tyranny and violence, wherever it may be found. Ñ Albert Camus, Combat, May 10, 1947 Photo (next spread): State of Siege production shot; photographer: Jean Louis Fernandez. ARTISTS ThŽ‰tre De La Ville Ð Paris brings together collaborators who have been working with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota for close to 20 years from the ThŽ‰tre des Millefontaines and the ComŽdie de Reims (CDN/National Drama Centre). The company has developed works including ShakespeareÕs LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost (1999); PirandelloÕs Six Characters in Search of an Author (2001); IonescoÕs RhinocŽros (2005) and Ionesco Suite (2012); BrechtÕs Man Is Man (2008); Horv‡thÕs Casimir and Caroline (2009); VitracÕs Victor, or Power to the Children (2012); Fabrice MelquiotÕs Ma vie de chandelle (2006), Marcia Hesse (2007), Wanted Petula, Bouli annŽe zŽro, and Alice and other wonders (2015); BalzacÕs Le Faiseur (Mercadet) (2013); and CamusÕ State of Siege (2017). Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (director) was only 17 when he founded ThŽ‰tre des Millefontaines with fellow high school students at the LycŽe Rodin in Paris and continuing as a student at the Sorbonne. Together they worked on plays by many different authors, including BŸchner, Shakespeare, Pirandello, Brecht, and Kleist. In 1994 he was invited to direct LÕHistoire du soldat (The SoldierÕs Tale) by Ramuz at the ThŽ‰tre de la Commune in Paris where he subsequently staged BŸchnerÕs LŽonce and LŽna (1995), ShakespeareÕs LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost (1998), and Marat-Sade by Peter Weiss (2000). The production of LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost was invited to ThŽ‰tre de la Ville in 1999, marking the beginning of a long partnership with the theater, starting from the time when GŽrard Violette was director. His production of PirandelloÕs Six Characters in Search of an Author (2001) was awarded two prizes by the Drama Critics Guild; other works he directed included a first version of Rhinoceros by Ionesco (2004), Man is Man by Brecht (2007), and Casimir and Caroline by Horv‡th (2009). In 2001, the French Minister of Culture, Catherine Tasca, appointed him director of the ComŽdie de Reims theater where he opened his first season premiering two plays by Fabrice Melquiot (LÕInattendu and Le Diable en partage), continuing later with other works by the same playwright, including Ma vie de chandelle (2004) and Marcia Hesse (2005). In September 2008, Mr. Demarcy-Mota returned to Paris when appointed director of the ThŽ‰tre de la Ville, where his programming introduced diversity and a more international scope, introducing productions in foreign languages. His programming also includes three key elements: the international competition Danse Elargie, conducted in partnership with the MusŽe de la Danse in Rennes (Dance Museum), the Chantiers dÕEurope Festival for original creative works by young European artists, and the Parcours enfance et jeunesse initiative involving a number of theaters in Paris and introducing productions for young audiences on the basis of an international and multidisciplinary approach. He also established the theaterÕs own company Ñ Troupe du ThŽ‰tre de la Ville Ñ with actors and other stage artists who have been working with him from the very early days. In June 2011, he was appointed director of the Paris Autumn Festival (Festival dÕAutomne ˆ Paris). He was recently awarded the prize for stage direction (Prix de la mise en scne) presented by the SACD, the French society for dramatic authors. While ThŽ‰tre de la Ville is currently closed for renovation, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and his team have moved to the Espace Cardin, off the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The season is presented in this new venue, the ThŽ‰tre des Abbesses, and spreads to 20 partner theaters in Paris and its suburbs. Serge Maggiani (The Plague) studied with mime Etienne Decroux and with Tania Balachova. In 1987 he worked with Claude RŽgy, Catherine DastŽ, and Antoine Vitez in The Satin Slipper. Afterwards, he collaborated with Daniel Mesguich, Christian Schiaretti, Richard Demarcy, Alain Timar, Anne-Marie Lazarini, Adel Hakim, Daniel Jeanneteau, Laurent Gutmann, and most recently with Claude Baquet and Arnaud Meunier. Charles Tordjman directed him in many plays; among them, in 2004, Je poussais donc le temps avec lՎpaule inspired by Marcel Proust and in 2009 Ascanio CelestiniÕs La Fabbrica in ThŽ‰tre des Abbesses. In 2008, in collaboration with ValŽrie Dreville and inspired by the Dante AlighieriÕs masterpiece The Divine Comedy, Serge Maggiani created Nous nÕirons pas au Paradis ce soir in Avignon. In 2013 the play was presented in ThŽ‰tre de la Ville. With Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, he played leading roles in IonescoÕs Rhinoceros, VitracÕs Victor, or Power to the Children, and BalzacÕs Mercadet. Hugues Quester (The Man) has worked in theater with major directors such as Patrice ChŽreau, Claude RŽgy, Giorgio Strehler, Jacques Lassalle, Roger Planchon, Jorge Lavelli, StŽphane Braunschweig, Bernard Sobel, Lucian Pintilie, Bruno Bayen, Georges Wilson, Gabriel Garran, Adrian Noble (Royal Shakespeare Company), Jean-Franois Peyret, Pascal Rambert, Marie-Louise Bischofberger, Jean-Luc Lagarce, Marcel MarŽchal, and Robert Hossein. He has performed across genres, including fringe, avant-garde, and classical theater works; from Shakespeare and Sarraute to Hoffmannsthal and Euripides. Physical, cerebral, peculiar, and hard to figure out, he stands between several worlds. Theater nourishes his art and gives him strength, the strength of a lover, of an athlete, of an ascetic of text and of stage. In 2001, meeting Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota was the start of an exceptional artistic relationship. Together they createdÊSix Characters in Search of an Author, Rhinoceros, Man is Man, Casimir and Caroline, and Victor, or Power to the Children. In 1975 he was the recipient of the GŽrard-Philipe Prize for his interpretation of Trepley in ChekhovÕs The Seagull, directed by Lucian Pintilie at ThŽ‰tre de la Ville. He also won the prize of ÒBest ActorÓ in 2002 by the French CriticsÕ Guild for playing The Father in Six Characters in Search of an Author directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. Alain Libolt (The Judge) has performed on a regular basis under Emmanuel Demarcy-MotaÕs direction since 2002 in productions of PirandelloÕs Six Characters in Search of an Author; MelquiotÕs Le Diable en partage, Ma vie de chandelle, and Marcia Hesse; and Horv‡thÕs Casimir and Caroline. He began his career as a dancer with Karin WaehnerÕs company Ballets Contemporains. He has worked with theater directors Patrice ChŽreau, Jacques Lassalle, Alfredo Arias, Luc Bondy, Gabriel Garran, StŽphane Braunschweig, Roger Planchon, Didier Bezace, Michel Raskine, and CŽlie Pauthe. Noticed in 1967 in Jean-Gabriel AlbicoccoÕs Le Grand Meaulnes and in 1969 in Jean-Pierre MelvilleÕs LÕArmŽe des ombres, he also played in films by ƒric Rohmer, Philippe Leguay, Patric Chiha, Albert Dupontel, Danile Arbid, and Fabrice Gobert. He won the prize for ÒBest ActorÓ in 2005 by the French CriticsÕ Guild for La Version de Browning by Terence Rattigan, directed by Didier Bezace. Jauris Casanova (The Alcade) trained at the ƒcole nationale supŽrieure des arts et techniques du thŽ‰tre (Ensatt-Paris) from 1993Ð96. While completing his studies he worked with Richard Brunel, Adel Hakim, AurŽlien Recoing, Nada Strancar, and Thierry Lavat. He joined ThŽ‰tre de la Ville in 2006. He performed in IonescoÕs Rhinoceros and Ionesco Suite; BrechtÕs Man is Man and Variations Brecht; MelquiotÕs Wanted Petula, Bouli annŽe zero, and Alice et autres merveilles; Horv‡thÕs Casimir and Caroline; and BalzacÕs Mercadet. ValŽrie Dashwood (The Secretary) was trained at Cours Florent and the Conservatoire national supŽrieur dÕart dramatique, and first acted under Emmanuel Demarcy-MotaÕs direction in 1998 for ShakespeareÕs LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost, followed by Peter WeissÕ Marat-Sade, PirandelloÕs Six Characters in Search of an Author, IonescoÕs Rhinoceros, VitracÕs Victor, or Power to the Children, BalzacÕs Mercadet, and MelquiotÕs Ma vie de chandelle, Wanted Petula, and Alice et autres merveilles. She has also worked with Stuart Seide, Daniel Jeanneteau, and with Ludovic Lagarde since 2002 who directed her in Gertrude SteinÕs Docteur Faustus and in three plays by Olivier Cadiot: Retour dŽfinitif et durable de lՐtre aimŽ, Fairy Queen, and Un nid pour quoi faire (presented by ThŽ‰tre de la Ville in 2011). Philippe Demarle (Nada) studied at the Conservatoire national supŽrieur dÕart dramatique, and has worked in theater with Franois Rancillac, Daniel Mesguish, Jacques Lassalle, Jo‘l Jouanneau, Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman, Stuart Seide, Georges Lavaudant, Michel Raskine, and AndrŽ Engel. In 2001, he started working under Emmanuel Demarcy-MotaÕs direction for Fabrice MelquiotÕs plays Le Diable en partage, Wanted Petula, Alice et autres merveilles, and in BalzacÕs Mercadet and PirandelloÕs Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has also worked in film with Olivier Assayas, Michael Haneke, and 
Alain Tanner. Matthieu Dessertine (Diego) trained at the Cours Florent and was admitted to the Conservatoire national supŽrieur dÕart dramatique in 2007. In theater, he has worked with Jean-Pierre Garnier, Adel Hakim, Benjamin PorŽe, and with Olivier Py in Les Enfants de Saturne, Orlando, and ShakespeareÕs Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. State of Siege is his first collaboration with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. He will appear in Dei, Cosimo TerlizziÕs next film. Sandra Faure (An Actress, The Counselor, A Woman of the People) trained in Cours Florent, and has worked with FrŽdŽric Fisbach, Christian Germain, Christophe Lidon, and Thierry Lavat. She met Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota in 2003 and joined ThŽ‰tre de la Ville where she performed in Rhinoceros, Ionesco Suite, Le Diable en partage, Man is Man, Variations Brecht, Wanted Petula, Casimir and Caroline, Bouli annŽe zero, Mercadet, and Alice et autres merveilles. Sarah Karbasnikoff (The JudgeÕs Wife, An Actress, A Woman of the People) studied at the ƒcole du passage, ThŽ‰tre en Actes, and at the ƒcole supŽrieure dÕart dramatique of ThŽ‰tre national de Strasbourg where she completed her studies in 1996. She worked with Adel Hakim, StŽphane Braunschweig, Declan Donnellan, Agathe Alexis, and Lionel Spycher. Under Emmanuel Demarcy-MotaÕs direction, she played in Marat-Sade and then in Rhinoceros, Tanto Amor Desperdiado, Man is Man, Casimir and Caroline, Bouli annŽe zero, Victor, or Power to the Children, Mercadet, and Alice et autres merveilles. Hannah Levin Seiderman (Victoria) trained in Cours Florent with Jean-Pierre Garnier and at the Conservatoire national supŽrieur dÕart dramatique with Michel Fau, David Lescot, Patrick Pineau, Anne Alvaro, Thierry Thiež Niang, Caroline MarcadŽ, and Yvo Mentens. She performed under the direction of Patrick Pineau, Jacques Lassalle, and most recently of RŽgis de Martrin-Donos in Jean Moulin ƒvangile. State of Siege is her first collaboration with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. GŽrald Maillet (The Priest, An Actor, A Man of the People) trained in Ensatt-Paris and worked with Thierry Lavat and Jean-Marie Lejude. He joined Millefontaines Theatre Company in 1998 for the creation of LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost, and afterwards performed in Marat-Sade,ÊSix Characters in Search of an Author, Rhinoceros, Man is Man, Casimir and Caroline, Wanted Petula, Bouli annŽe zero, Ionesco Suite, Mercadet, and Alice et autres merveilles. Walter NÕguyen (An Actor, A Man of the People) is a dancer, musician, and actor, and has been working with Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota since 2005 when he collaborated as a musician for the creation of Rhinoceros. As an actor he performed in several of his plays: Man is Man, Casimir and Caroline, Rhinoceros, Mercadet, and Alice et autres merveilles. With Jefferson Lembeye, he composed the musical scores of Man is Man and Ionesco Suite.      Pascal Vuillemot (The Governor, A Man of the People) is an actor and an independent author-director. At the age of 23 he entered the Conservatoire national supŽrieur dÕart dramatique where he studied with Dominique ValadiŽ, Philippe Adrien, Jacques Lassalle, and Philippe Garrel. Since 2000, he acts on a regular basis in plays directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota such as Marat-Sade, Six Characters in Search of an Author, LoveÕs LabourÕs Lost, Rhinoceros, Casimir and Caroline, and Man is Man. In addition to acting, he also writes for stage and film and directs short films. David Eden Productions, Ltd. (US tour producer) (DEP) has been one of the leading American organizations devoted to producing international work in the US for over 25 years. Most recently, DEP has produced US tours of the Maly Drama Theatre (2015Ð16), ThŽ‰tre Bouffes du NordÕs The Suit (2013Ð14), Batsheva Dance Company (2012, 2009, 2004, 1998), ThŽ‰tre de la VilleÕs productions of IonescoÕs Rhinoceros (2012) and Six Characters in Search of an Author/Ionesco Suite, the Republic of GeorgiaÕs Ensemble Basiani (2012 and 2016), Gate Theatre DublinÕs Endgame/Watt (2011) and KrappÕs Last Tape (2012, 2011), Maly Drama TheatreÕs Three Sisters (2012) at BAM, and North American tours of Druid TheatreÕs The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2016-17), Cripple of Inishmaan (2011), The Walworth Farce (2009), and DruidSynge: The Shadow of the Glen/The Playboy of the Western World (2008). David Eden has worked extensively with major presenting institutions on special projects, including Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts. DAVID EDEN PRODUCTIONS, LTD. Producer / David Eden General Manager / Tim Smith Production Manager / Christopher Buckley Company Manager / Nicholas Elliott Visa Services / Elise Ann Konstantin The US tour of State of Siege has made been possible through support from Institut Franais, City of Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy 
in the US. ON THE EDUCATION HORIZONÉ 10/20    UMS 101: Ragamala Dance Company     (Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Boulevard, 6:00 pm)     Paid registration required; please visit to register. 10/20    Post-Performance Q&A: Ragamala Dance Company     (Power Center, 121 Fletcher Street)     Must have a ticket to that eveningÕs performance to attend. 10/21    You Can Dance: Ragamala Dance Company     (Ann Arbor Y, 400 W. Washington Street, 2Ð3:30 pm) 11/1    UMS 101: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland     (Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Boulevard, 5:30 pm)     Paid registration required; please visit to register. 11/18    UMS 101: New York Philharmonic Young PeopleÕs Concert     (Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Boulevard, 12 noon)     Paid registration required; please visit to register. Educational events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. PROVOCATIVE THEATER. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS. SAFE SPACES. The UMS 2017-18 season will include a three-week look at stage work that embraces the long theatrical legacy of intervening in social issues and drawing diverse voices 
into focused conversation. Through artistic presentation on stage, and an equal helping of discussion and inquiry off the stage, UMS will create a community platform for important dialogue Ñ an invocation to move beyond our personal comfort zones and to lean in to the complexities of living in a polarized and supercharged multicultural, global society. From slavery to terrorism to transgender identity to radical wellness and healing, these theater pieces will force us to confront our own opinions and biases, with an eye toward better resilience, and a better understanding to face the world we currently live in. Join us for provocative theater and courageous conversations, all presented in the safe space of the theater. Underground Railroad Game Theater Ars Nova By Jennifer Kidwell and 
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Becca Blackwell Directed by and developed 
with Ellie Heyman Wed, Jan 31-Sat, Feb 3 Arthur Miller Theatre Becca BlackwellÕs disturbingly hilarious personal tale engages in loving confrontation with the audience, detailing the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender while asking what it truly means to be authentic.
(I Could Go On Singing) 
Over the Rainbow FK Alexander Fri, Jan 26-Sat, Feb 3 Stamps Gallery FK Alexander is a performance artist whose work is concerned with issues of wounds, recovery, aggressive healing, radical wellness, industrialization, and noise music, an Òoutsider musicÓ that still exists on the fringe.ÊShe takes your hand, fixes your gaze, and sings to you alongside a distorted recording of Judy GarlandÕs final recording of ÒOver the Rainbow,Ó played through a wall of noise by the abrasive Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association. THIS WEEKENDÕS VICTORS FOR UMS: The James Garavaglia Theater Endowment Fund Ñ Wallace Endowment Fund Supporters of this weekendÕs performances of State of Siege. MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND... 10/20    Ragamala Dance Company 11/6    Bassem Youssef 1/17Ð2/3    No Safety Net: A Festival of Provocative Theater Tickets available at

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