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Pascal Rambert: The Art of Theater, and With My Own Hands, with actors Jim Fletcher and Ismail ibn Conner

  • Dates: December 10, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Price: Please contact us at boxoffice@ps21chatham.org for details about attendance and ticketing to the work-in-progress showcase.
  • Overview

    Celebrated French playwright and director Pascal Rambert will be in residence at PS21 from December 6–10, adapting and rehearsing two of his masterful plays: The Art of Theater, performed by Jim Fletcher, and With My Own Hands, featuring Ismail ibn Conner. Nicholas Elliott, who has translated numerous Rambert works as well as theater pieces by Olivier Py and others, will assist with the English versions. The ensemble will return to PS21 in early 2022 for a fully staged production of both plays, co-presented with the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, on January 13—15, and 22—23.

    The Art of Theater is a manifesto about the nature of dramatic acting, spoken by a single actor (Fletcher) who addresses, not the audience, but his dog, who patiently attends to his master’s voice. The audience, in effect, eavesdrops on the monologue. Fletcher, who co-starred with Kate Moran in Rambert’s two-character Love’s End (Clôture de l’Amour), previously appeared at PS21 in 2019, in the title role of Compagnie l’heliotrope’s Pollock.

    Rambert wrote the original version of With My Own Hands for Eric Doye in 1993; it premiered on a rooftop at the Université de Dijon. Since then, he has adapted this protean meditation on the human condition, a soliloquy uttered by a wounded psyche on the brink of suicide, for a series of settings and performers, including the American actor Kate Moran in 2007. At the time, he said, “I wrote this text to be played by both men and women, young and old.” At PS21, Conner, who has performed widely in Centre Dramatique National Orléans' production of Jean Genet's Splendid’s and many other theatrical works, will embody the role of protagonist of this searing, enigmatic monologue.

    Photo (top left): Vanessa Rabade. Photo (bottom left): Mina Magda.

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