Theatre Raymond Kabbaz to Present INCONNU A CETTE ADRESSE, 4/26-27
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is pleased to present the Los Angeles premiere of Inconnu à cette adresse (Address Unknown) starring French film and theatre legends Thierry Lhermitte and Patrick Timsit on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, 2014. Inconnu à cette adresse is based on the book Address Unknown, written by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. The novel was published just before the outbreak of World War 2, written as a series of letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his business partner, who had returned to Germany in 1932. It is credited with exposing, early on, the dangers of Nazism to the American public. The work was adapted for the stage by Michèle Levy-Bram. Inconnu à cette adresse, directed by Delphine de Malherbe, will be in French with projected English subtitles. Performances start at 7:30pm and will take place at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064 (310-286-0553). Ticket prices range from $40 to $60 and can be purchased here. A no host bar will be available. See more on TRK's event page here. For information about Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, please visit www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com.
"Inconnu à cette adresse explores the bonds of friendship in a world that is falling apart," says Pierre Leloup, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Director, "Even though the original book was published right before World War 2, the work remains a remarkably timely warning on how humanity can be tested, and fail, in an environment of extreme ideology."
Inconnu à cette adresse brings Kathrine Kressmann Taylor's classic pre-war text, Address Unknown, back to life. In her book, an international literary sensation and social phenomenon, a successful art dealer returns to his native Germany, maintaining a correspondence with his close Jewish friend back in America. The captivating text is masterfully composed of nineteen tragic letters. Against a backdrop of rising nationalism, allegiances become distorted beyond recognition. This production of Inconnu à cette adresse premiered in Paris at the Theatre Antoine in 2012 and was produced by Laurent Ruquier and Jean-Marc Dumontet, running with tremendous success for two years. The US tour is produced by Jean-Marc Dumontet and JMD Production, in association with Soho Theatre (London), Christian Clavier, Jean-Paul de Vidas, and Rick Senat. The stage adaptation, Inconnu à cette adresse, was awarded the 2013 Globes de Cristal Best Theatre Play of the Year.
In 1995, when Kressmann Taylor was 91, Story Press reissued Address Unknown to mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. The novel was subsequently translated into 20 languages, and the French version sold 600,000 copies. It was also reissued in Britain in 2002. The book, an anti-fascist call to arms, was banned in 1930s Germany for exposing the threat of Nazism. It finally appeared in Germany in 2001.