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Theatre Novi Most Opens New Show THE HUMAN VOICE March 7-10

Theatre Novi Most presents a new project - The Human Voice (La Voix Humain), based on the 1928 play by French playwright Jean Cocteau.

This innovative monodrama, first staged at the Comedie-Francaise in 1930, presents an unnamed woman alone in her apartment. She talks on the telephone with her lover of the last five years, but the audience hears only one half of the conversation - hers. The conversation grows increasingly dramatic, as the true complexities of their relationship are revealed. A story about a person in a relationship crisis is dramatic enough, but Cocteau goes further still and complicates the structure of the play by the phone frequently cutting off and phone lines being crossed.

The Human Voice is created by Vladimir Rovinsky in close collaboration with Michelle Massey, known in the Twin Cities by the stage name of Nadine DuBois. In this new adaptation of Cocteau's play the actress is given freedom to break the fourth wall and comment, in words and song, on the events that the audience has just observed. She attempts talking to the playwright himself, inserting a narrative drawn from her own life experiences.

The performance runs 80 min without intersession.

Michelle Massey, aka Nadine DuBois, is known as a leader and icon in the modern burlesque movement, a brilliant singer, a prolific producer and artistic director. She is the co-creator and star of an original cabaret show Kaleidoscope and Visions of Sugarplums: A Burlesque Nutcracker, as well as a host of cabarets, theatrical productions, burlesque festivals, and large-scale dance nights in the Twin Cities and throughout the US, New Zealand and Australia.

Co-artistic director Vladimir Rovinsky (director most recently of The Seagull, Dancing on the Edge and The Master Builder with Novi Most) directs The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine). The rest of

the creative team includes Cally Ahlin (stage manager), Dan Dukich (sound designer), Daniel Featherstone (lighting designer), Andrea Gross (costume designer)

Tickets available for purchase online at www.thehumanvoice.brownpapertickets.com and at the door 40 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended


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