Doreen [2016]

Based on Lettre à D. by André Gorz
Created on November, 3rd 2016 at Théâtre de Vanves.

 

Written and directed by David Geselson
Performed by Laure Mathis et David Geselson
Stage design Lisa Navarro
Light design Jérémie Papin
Video projection Jérémie Scheidler, Thomas Guiral
Sound design Loïc Le Roux
Artistic collaboration Elios Noël and Laure Mathis, Loïc Le Roux , Lisa Navarro, Jérémie Papin et Jérémie Scheidler
Regard extérieur Jean-Pierre Baro
Costume design Magali Murbach
Construction Flavien Renaudon
Technical team on tour
Stage manager
Sylvain Tardy
Light manager Sylvain Tardy, Arnaud Olivier
Sound and video manager Arnaud Olivier, Julien Reis
Administration, production, publicity, communications AlterMachine I Noura Sairour et Carole Willemot

 

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 Ile-de-France, Fonds de dotation Porosus,  Spedidam and Arcadi Ile-de-France
The text Doreen received the creation Aid of the Centre National du Théâtre
With the support of 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
Residency at Carreau du Temple (saison 2015 / 2016)
Thanks to Caves Legrand – Paris

 

Duration 1h20

Doreen received the Syndicat de la Critique’s 2017 Best French Language Creation Award.

The text Doreen is published by Lieux-Dits Editions

 

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 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.

Videos

By André Gorz
Le Traître, suivi de Le vieillissement
(Folio)
Métamorphoses du travail (Folio)
Écologica (Editions Galilée)
Lettre à D.  (Editions Galilée)

Others
Le fil rouge de l’écologie, entretiens présentés par Willy Gianinazzi
– éditions EHESS
André Gorz, Une vie, biographie. Par Willy Gianninazzi – éditions la découverte
André Gorz en personne – dirigé par Christophe Fourrel – édition Le bord de l’eau
André Gorz, un penseur pour le 21ème siècle, dirigé par Christophe Fourrel – éditions La Découverte
Un bonheur parfait, de James Salter (Folio)
Le fond de l’air est rouge, film documentaire de Chris Marker
Les années 68, le temps de la contestation, ouvrage collectif- éditions Complexe

Musics
And I love her, Brad Mehldau
Swamp girl, Ramsey Lewis trio

Doreen is the kind of show one doesn’t often see in the theater. (..) What Doreen offers is better than a declaration: it is a portrait of a love, so true that it appears invented, so deftly reinvented that it appears even truer. Listening to the text, it is impossible to tell exactly what came from André Gorz or from David Geselson. And even if one is very familiar with Letter to D., we accept everything, because we know we’re at the theater, and that when theater succeeds it does not reproduce life, but stages it.”

Brigitte Salino, Le Monde

“There’s charm and audacity here, conveyed by two moving, ultra-sensitive performers.”

Armelle Héliot, Le Figaro

Doreen is the title of a marvelous play, the fruit of an examination of the private life of this couple of intellectuals and a literary composition consisting of fragments of the Letter to D. and statements from close friends and family. (…) It seems to me that theater has never come so close to love and death (…) Yet David Geselson’s talent lies in having instilled a great deal of joy in this hour of theater.”

Eve Beauvallet, Libération

“There is a great sensitivity, extreme modesty, and a beautiful violence in this play performed by two magnificent actors. (…) Truffaut used to say that cinema was better than life. The same can be said for this play: it is better than life. It reconciles us with life, does us good and comforts us.”

Marie-José Sirach, L’Humanité

Doreen is the kind of show one doesn’t often see in the theater. (..) What Doreen offers is better than a declaration: it is a portrait of a love, so true that it appears invented, so deftly reinvented that it appears even truer. Listening to the text, it is impossible to tell exactly what came from André Gorz or from David Geselson. And even if one is very familiar with Letter to D., we accept everything, because we know we’re at the theater, and that when theater succeeds it does not reproduce life, but stages it.”

Brigitte Salino, Le Monde

“There’s charm and audacity here, conveyed by two moving, ultra-sensitive performers.”

Armelle Héliot, Le Figaro

Doreen is the title of a marvelous play, the fruit of an examination of the private life of this couple of intellectuals and a literary composition consisting of fragments of the Letter to D. and statements from close friends and family. (…) It seems to me that theater has never come so close to love and death (…) Yet David Geselson’s talent lies in having instilled a great deal of joy in this hour of theater.”

Eve Beauvallet, Libération

“There is a great sensitivity, extreme modesty, and a beautiful violence in this play performed by two magnificent actors. (…) Truffaut used to say that cinema was better than life. The same can be said for this play: it is better than life. It reconciles us with life, does us good and comforts us.”

Marie-José Sirach, L’Humanité

Théâtre de Vanves

03.11.2016 — 05.11.2016

Festival les Rencontres à l’échelle, Marseille

22.11.2016 — 23.11.2016

Théâtre Garonne, scène européenne – Toulouse

08.12.2016 — 16.12.2016

Théâtre de Lorient, CDN

10.01.2017 — 12.01.2017

Le Lieu Unique, Nantes

28.02.2017 — 04.03.2017

Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris

08.03.2017 — 24.03.2017

Festival Mythos, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes

05.04.2017 — 06.04.2017

Espaces Pluriels, Pau

04.10.2017 — 06.10.2017

Espace Jéliote, Oloron-Saint-Marie

10.10.2017

Théâtre des 4 saisons, Gradignan

13.10.2017 — 14.10.2017

Théâtre des Bains-Douches, Le Havre

17.10.2017 — 18.10.2017

Théâtre d’Arles

14.11.2017 — 15.11.2017

Théâtre du Bois de l’Aune, Aix-en-Provence

22.11.2017 — 24.11.2017

Les Sept Collines, Scène conventionnée de Tulle

27.11.2017

Agora, Boulazac

30.11.2017

Circa, Auch

03.12.2017 — 04.12.2017

Les 3T, Théâtre de Châtellerault

14.12.2017 — 16.12.2017

La Gallia, Saintes

19.12.2017 — 21.12.2017

Le Canal, Théâtre du Pays de Redon

17.01.2018 — 19.01.2018

La Comédie de Valence

23.01.2018 — 26.01.2018

La Halle aux Grains, Blois

08.02.2018 — 09.02.2018

Sortie Ouest, Théâtre du Domaine de Bayssan, Béziers

14.02.2018 — 15.02.2018

Le Rayon Vert, Saint-Valéry-en-Caux

29.03.2018 — 30.03.2018

L’Estive, scène nationale de Foix

04.05.2018

L’Apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise

18.05.2018 — 19.05.2018

Festival Théâtre en mai – Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne, CDN

28.05.2018 — 29.05.2018

Comédie de Béthune

31.05.2018 — 01.06.2018

Princeton French Theater Festival – Etats-Unis

28.09.2018 — 29.09.2018

CDN de Normandie-Rouen

16.10.2018 — 20.10.2018

La Passerelle, scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc

08.11.2018 — 09.11.2018

La Scène Watteau, Nogent-sur-Marne

17.11.2018

Archipel, Pôle d’action culturelle de Fouesnant-Les Glénan

25.11.2018

Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris

07.01.2019 — 30.01.2019

Théâtre national Dona Maria II, Lisbonne – Portugal

13.02.2019 — 17.02.2019

Le Salmanazar, Epernay

26.02.2019 — 27.02.2019

Le Moulin du Roc, Niort

12.03.2019 — 14.03.2019

La Comédie de Saint-Etienne

19.03.2019 — 22.03.2019

Théâtre du Jarnisy, Jarny

24.04.2019 — 25.04.2019

Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles – Belgique

15.10.2019 — 19.10.2019

Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgique

15.10.2019 — 19.10.2019

MA, scène nationale de Montbéliard

26.11.2019

Le Parvis, scène nationale de Tarbes, Pyrénées

29.11.2019 — 30.11.2019

Le Quartz, Brest

07.04.2020 — 10.04.2020

Le Quartz – Scène Nationale de Brest

29.09.2020 — 02.10.2020

Théâtre Forum Meyrin – Genève

19.11.2020 — 22.11.2020

NEST – CDN de Thionville-Grand Est

08.03.2021 — 10.03.2021

MC93 Bobigny

02.04.2021 — 10.04.2021

Le Grand R – Scène Nationale de la Roche-sur-Yon

12.04.2021 — 14.04.2021