Two site-specific performances, Hetero,
and The Sea Museum
(Le Musée de la mer), will kick off a new partnership
with the Centre Dramatique National (CDN) in Orléans
directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. This collaboration, in association
with Performance Space 122, will create a new platform to
present vibrant contemporary French playwrights in New York.
This year, the first plays by renowned CDN associated writers
Denis Lachaud and Marie Darrieussecq will be featured.
The Sea Museum (Le Musée de la
mer), written by Darrieussecq, will be directed
by Daniel Pettrow of the Wooster Group, an actor who
is familiar with Nauzyciel’s works. In this piece,
a family flees their war-torn town, finding refuge in
a dilapidated marine life museum with a couple and a
bizarre creature named Bella.
The piece will be presented in Brooklyn’s abandoned Atlantic
Avenue Tunnel—the oldest subway tunnel in the world. Don’t
miss this rare and unique opportunity to experience this
Please Note! Audience members
are asked to wear sneakers or boots (no high heeled shoes),
and to bring a flashlight and a sweater. The public will
climb down a manhole and walk on uneven ground. Please make
sure you are capable of such activity.
Marie Darrieussecq, The
Sea Museum, Writer
Writer, former student at École Normale Supérieure.
Truismes (pig tales), Naissance Des Fantômes (my phantom
husband), Le Mal de Mer (breathing under water), Précisions
Sur Les Vagues (Clarifications on the Waves), Bref Séjour
Chez Les Vivants (a brief stay with the living), Le Bébé (The
baby), White, Le Pays (The country), Zoo, Tom Est Mort (Tom
is Dead) are all published by P.O.L. Claire Dans La Forêt
(2004) was published at Éditions Des Femmes. She writes
for artists like Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois or Jürgen
Teller. She is also a psychoanalyst. The translation of Sea
Museum is Marie Darrieussecq's first work for the theatre.A
staged reading of her novel Tom is Dead was directed by Arthur
Nauzyciel at the 2007 Avignon Festival. She wrote her first
play for him. It was premiered at the National Theatre of
Iceland (Reykjavik) in March 2009.
Daniel Pettrow, The
Sea Museum, Director
American Daniel Pettrow has acted in more than fifty-five
stage productions, both in national and international theaters.
As a member of the Wooster Group in New York, where he appeared
in Hamlet, Daniel Pettrow has worked on a number of collaborations
with French directors, including Arthur Nauzyciel, Artistic
Director of the National Theater of Orleans, - he performed
in Black Battles with Dogs and Roberto Zucco, both by Bernard-Marie
Koltès, as well as in Julius Caesar, at present on
tour in France - and the German director Walter Asmus playing
Lucky in Waiting for Godot. In 1996, he also co-founded an
alternative arts center in Atlanta called The Ballroom Studios,
which is mainly involved with theater arts and the visual
arts. He has also performed on the silver screen, in such
films as Cult of Sincerity, The Last Adam and Kathy T. Getting
Better, and on TV in Goodbeats and Roadtrip.
Atlantic Avenue Tunnel
Court St. & Atlantic Ave.
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2, 3, 4, 5, M, or R to Borough Hall-Court St;
A or C to Jay St.-Borough Hall