In 2006, André Gorz published Letter to D., a confession to his wife, Doreen Keir, who was suffering from an incurable disease. Gorz’s letter tells the story of his love for Doreen, from their youth and their years of political activism to their withdrawal from public life.
One year later, in September 2007, André and Doreen were found dead, in their bed.
Doreen is a counterpoint, a fragment, a parallel to this confession made public. The goal will be to imagine and write a voice for her.
It is September 2007, in the living room of their house in Vosnon. It is the evening. They have prepared a meal and some drinks and welcome us to their home. In an hour, they will commit suicide. In the meantime, they talk.
This is an adaptation, an attempt, somewhere between documentary reality and a fictionalization of the figure of this couple and this beloved woman whom we do not know and who is going to die with the man who says he owes her his life.
Produced by Compagnie Lieux-dits
Coproduced by Théâtre de Lorient, centre dramatique national ; Théâtre de la Bastille ; Théâtre Garonne, Scène Européenne – Toulouse ; Théâtre de Vanves
With the help of DRAC Île-de-France, du Fonds de dotation Porosus, Spedidam and Arcadi Île-de-France
The text Doreen received the support of creation from Centre national du Théâtre
Thanks to Théâtre Ouvert – Centre national des Dramaturgies Contemporaines, de La Chartreuse de Villeneuve Lez Avignon – centre national des écritures du spectacle et de l’IMEC – Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine et du Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, centre dramatique national
Residencies at Carreau du Temple (season 2015/2016)
Compagnie Lieux-dits is accredited by the ministère de la Culture – DRAC Île-de-France
Doreen is the Winner of the critics Prize 2017 for the Best French play
The text Doreen is published by Lieux-dits publishing
The text Doreen is laureate from CONTEXTO Artcena and translated in English by Jennifer Gay