INTERVIEW

Nicolas Truong, Judith Henry & Nicolas Bouchaud

September 15-16 at 8 pm
Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Performed in French

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Nicolas Bouchad and Judith Henry in Interview. Photo by Mathilde Priolet.

In our media-saturated world, it is impossible to escape that quintessential journalistic exercise, the interview. Politicians, artists, athletes, and the anonymous masses all take turns performing on its demanding stage. Intrusive and relaxed, combative and complacent, posthumous and imaginary, sententious and burlesque in turn, the interview is a game, a stage, a dance floor where two subjects meet. But, in the era of democratized chatter, the challenge is to keep the interview true.

Judith Henry and Nicolas Bouchaud take turns asking and answering questions. In doing so, they use a colorful palette of interview tropes to lead us on a meandering journey which, despite its overuse, still has the potential for emotional revelation. Somewhere between a lion’s den and a therapist’s office, the well-executed interview creates a place where speech flows freely.

Journalist and essayist Nicolas Truong leads Le Monde’s “Idées-Débats” section. He also directs the “Controverses du Monde” program at the Avignon Theater Festival, and he has co-authored many books, most recently Le Crépuscule des intellectuels français? (L’Aube, 2016). This Interview is his second foray into philosophical theater; his first, Projet Luciole, was presented at Seuls en Scène in 2014.

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EXCERPT

CREDITS

Directed by: Nicolas Truong
Performance and Artistic Collaboration: Judith Henry & Nicolas Bouchaud
Scene and Costume Design by: Elise Capdenat
Light Design: Philippe Berthomé
Dramaturgy: Thomas Pondévie
Production: MC93, Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis
Co-Production: Le Théâtre des idées, Théâtre du Rond-Point, Théâtre National de Strasbourg. With the support of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival, Monfort Théâtre, & Théâtre Paris-Villette. A creation of the 2016 Avignon Festival.

PRESENTED BY

Lewis Center for the Arts

Department of French and Italian
L’Avant-Scène
Council of the Humanities

MC 93 Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Institut français

Event Information

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio

Event Times

  • Fri, Sep 15, 2017 · 8:00 pm Cal
  • Sat, Sep 16, 2017 · 8:00 pm Cal
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