Phèdre les oiseaux (Phaedra the birds)
FRI APR 26, 2013 7:00PM
Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA,
Phèdre les oiseaux (Phaedra the birds), an international theater project developed to engage communities around the globe, is led by director Jean-Baptiste Sastre. It is based on a new text by playwright Frédéric Boyer drawing from the poetic figures Phaedra and her stepson Hippolytus, with whom she falls in love. Going beyond a retelling of the Greek myth, Phèdre les oiseaux begins just before the classic story ends. Instead of taking her own life, the lead character lives, and attempts to deliver herself from the persecution of history and the criminalization of her lust for Hippolytus. Phaedra’s story of feminine antiquity becomes a modern story, examining themes that inhabit ancient cultural myths—gender, sex, and violence—through a contemporary lens.
Performing the title role is actress Hiam Abbass, an acclaimed, multilingual artist who has worked in theater and film with directors including Steven Spielberg, Thomas McCarthy, Julian Schnabel and Patrice Chéreau. To date, Phèdre les oiseaux has been translated and developed to be performed in seven languages, French, German, Italian, English, Arabic, Creole and Spanish. As the production tours, the role of Hippolytus is cast from the country where it is performed. For the US engagement, Abbass is joined by Ugandan-America actor Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, whose theater credits include productions with The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Theatre for a New Audience in New York and REDCAT in Los Angeles.
Phèdre les oiseaux assembles its Greek chorus from within each city where it is performed. For the presentation at Hollywood Forever, the chorus will include multiple multi-generational community members from the Venice Beach area.
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