Doreen [2016]

Based on Letter to D. by André Gorz
Premiere on November, 2016 at Théâtre de Vanves

Written and directed by 

David Geselson

Performed by

Laure Mathis

David Geselson

Stage design

Lisa Navarro

Lighting design

Jérémie Papin

Video design

Jérémie Scheidler

Thomas Guiral

Sound design

Loïc Le Roux

Collaboration

Elios Noël

Jean-Pierre Baro

Jeanne Candel

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

Production manager

Noura Sairour

Tour manager and press relations

AlterMachine I Carole Willemot

 

Duration 1h20

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.

David Geselson

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

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.

David Geselson

Based on Letter to D. by André Gorz Premiere on November, 2016 at Théâtre de Vanves Written and directed by  David Geselson Performed by Laure Mathis David Geselson Stage design Lisa Navarro Lighting design Jérémie Papin Video design Jérémie Scheidler Thomas Guiral Sound design Loïc Le Roux Collaboration Elios Noël Jean-Pierre Baro Jeanne Candel 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 Production manager Noura Sairour Tour manager and press relations AlterMachine I Carole Willemot Duration 1h20

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

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
– Editions EHESS
André Gorz, Une vie, biographie. by Willy Gianninazzi – Editions la découverte
André Gorz en personne – directed by Christophe Fourrel – Edition Le bord de l’eau
André Gorz, un penseur pour le 21ème siècle, directed by Christophe Fourrel – Editions La Découverte
Un bonheur parfait, by James Salter (Folio)
Le fond de l’air est rouge, documentary film by Chris Marker
Les années 68, le temps de la contestation, collective work  – Editions 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 (France)

03.11.2016 — 05.11.2016

Festival les Rencontres à l’échelle, Marseille (France)

22.11.2016 — 23.11.2016

Théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne, Toulouse (France)

08.12.2016 — 16.12.2016

Théâtre de Lorient – CDN (France)

10.01.2017 — 12.01.2017

Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (France)

28.02.2017 — 04.03.2017

Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris (France)

08.03.2017 — 24.03.2017

Festival Mythos – Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes (France)

05.04.2017 — 06.04.2017

Espaces Pluriels, Pau (France)

04.10.2017 — 06.10.2017

Espace Jéliote, Oloron-Saint-Marie (France)

10.10.2017

Théâtre des Quatre saisons, Gradignan (France)

13.10.2017 — 14.10.2017

Théâtre des Bains-Douches, Le Havre (France)

17.10.2017 — 18.10.2017

Théâtre d’Arles (France)

14.11.2017 — 15.11.2017

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

22.11.2017 — 24.11.2017

Les Sept Collines – Scène conventionnée de Tulle (France)

27.11.2017

Agora, Boulazac (France)

30.11.2017

Circa, Auch (France) 

03.12.2017 — 04.12.2017

Les 3T, Théâtre de Châtellerault (France)

14.12.2017 — 16.12.2017

La Gallia, Saintes (France)

19.12.2017 — 21.12.2017

Le Canal – Théâtre du Pays de Redon (France)

17.01.2018 — 19.01.2018

La Comédie de Valence (France)

23.01.2018 — 26.01.2018

La Halle aux Grains, Blois (France) 

08.02.2018 — 09.02.2018

Sortie Ouest -Théâtre du Domaine de Bayssan, Béziers (France)

14.02.2018 — 15.02.2018

Le Rayon Vert, Saint-Valéry-en-Caux (France)

29.03.2018 — 30.03.2018

L’Estive – Scène nationale de Foix (France)

04.05.2018

L’Apostrophe – Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise (France)

18.05.2018 — 19.05.2018

Festival Théâtre en mai – Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne, CDN (France)

28.05.2018 — 29.05.2018

Comédie de Béthune (France)

31.05.2018 — 01.06.2018

Princeton French Theater Festival – USA

28.09.2018 — 29.09.2018

CDN de Normandie-Rouen (France)

16.10.2018 — 20.10.2018

La Passerelle – Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc (France)

08.11.2018 — 09.11.2018

La Scène Watteau, Nogent-sur-Marne (France) 

17.11.2018

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

25.11.2018

Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris (France)

07.01.2019 — 30.01.2019

Théâtre national Dona Maria II, Lisbon (Portugal)

13.02.2019 — 17.02.2019

Le Salmanazar, Epernay (France)

26.02.2019 — 27.02.2019

Le Moulin du Roc, Niort (France)

12.03.2019 — 14.03.2019

La Comédie de Saint-Etienne (France)

19.03.2019 — 22.03.2019

Théâtre du Jarnisy, Jarny (France)

24.04.2019 — 25.04.2019

Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Brussels (Belgium)

15.10.2019 — 19.10.2019

MA, Scène nationale de Montbéliard (France) 

26.11.2019

Le Parvis – Scène nationale de Tarbes, Pyrénées (France)

29.11.2019 — 30.11.2019

Le Quartz, Brest (France) [rescheduled]

07.04.2020 — 10.04.2020

Le Quartz – Scène Nationale de Brest (France)

29.09.2020 — 02.10.2020

Théâtre Forum Meyrin – Geneva (Switzerland) dans le cadre du Focus « Constellation Geselson » [rescheduled]

19.11.2020 — 22.11.2020

Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland) [canceled]

23.01.2021 — 05.02.2021

NEST – CDN de Thionville (France) [rescheduled]

08.03.2021 — 10.03.2021

MC93 – Scène nationale de la Seine-Saint-Denis (France) [canceled]

02.04.2021 — 10.04.2021

Le Grand R – Scène Nationale de la Roche-sur-Yon (France) [rescheduled]

12.04.2021 — 14.04.2021
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