Wendy Beckett's A CHARITY CASE Will Be Revived in Paris

By: Feb. 18, 2020
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Pascal Productions has announced a new French production of Wendy Beckett's A CHARITY CASE presented by Claire Merviel Production. The translated production, titled UN ESPOIR, will be presented in French at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris from March 4 to March 28, 2020. The production is written and will be directed by Wendy Beckett, translated by Dominique Hollier.

The producers describe UN ESPOIR as follows:

Does our past belong to us... or do we belong to our past? UN ESPOIR is a piece about our most sacred relationship: the one we have with our mother. UN ESPOIR highlights the triangle formed by a biological mother, an adoptive mother, and the child who is shared between these two women. The experience of adoption is both blessed and cursed, but the result is always unforgettable. Adoption stories are often told from the perspective of the biological mother, who gives up her child, or the adoptive mother, who takes the child in. UN ESPOIR takes us into the child's psyche, as well. Being pulled in opposing directions, loss and fear lead these three characters into unknown territory, and on a journey that is mysterious, surprising, sometimes cruel, and often emotional.

A CHARITY CASE received its New York premiere in the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row in 2011, also directed by Ms. Beckett. The New York production featured Alison Fraser, Alysia Reiner, and Jill Shackner.

The Parisian premiere of UN ESPOIR will feature French performers Hélène Babu, Christine Gagnepain, and Rebecca Williams.

Playwright-Director Wendy Beckett has written more than 25 theatre plays and directed more than 40. She has also written biographies, radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, books, librettos, articles of academic study and journalism. Her literary mentor was author Lawrence Durrell of The Alexandria Quartet. At 22 she founded a theatre company Colours Inc. in Adelaide, Australia where she was the playwright and company director with a staff of 50. On ABC radio she conducted interviews with some of the best minds of our time -Gore Vidal, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Bowles. Her academic background includes psychology, philosophy and literature and she has lectured in these subjects in Australian Universities. Wendy's reputation as a theatre director is vast and her plays have been produced in several different languages and cities around the World -New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Edinburgh and Paris.

Tickets to UN ESPOIR and more information on the production can be found at www.unespoir.com.


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