Regarding the Just
Translated and Adapted by Pascal Collin & Nicholas Le Guevel
with original music and lyrics by Nicholas Tonozzi
From Albert Camus’ Les Justes
Directed by: Valéry Warnotte
Thursday, June 5 – Saturday, July 5 ~ 2014
This project was supported by a MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund
Cast: Trap Door ensemble members Antonio Brunetti, Michael Garvey, David A. Holcombe, Alžan Pelesic, Beata Pilch, and Nicole Wiesner; with Pascal Collin
Based on Albert Camus’ exploration of the group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905, Regarding the Just explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.
Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a journalist, editor and editorialist, playwright and director, novelist and author of short stories, political essayist and activist. Born in Mondovi, Algeria, his parents were Spanish-French-Algerian (pied noir) colonists. His father, Lucien Camus died in the Battle of Marne (1914) during WWI. His mother, Catherine Helene Sintes was of Spanish origin, and was a mute deaf, due to a stroke, but was able to read lips and worked as a cleaning lady, providing for her son. Camus studied at Algiers lycee from 1923-32, then at the University of Algiers, from where he graduated in 1936 with a degree in philosophy. Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat. But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time; in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright (e.g., Caligula, 1944). He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun. His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L’Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose “collective creation” Révolte dans les Asturies (1934) was banned for political reasons.
In 1957 he won the Nobel Prize for literature for his important literary production, “which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. He died in a car accident in January, 1960, at the age of 46.
Valéry Warnotte (Director) is both an actor and director. Originally from Belgium, Warnotte lives in Paris and works in France, Belgium and the USA. He is a member of the artist collective DEREZO in Brest. Directorial credits include: Sharing Midi by Paul Claudel, Elle by Jean Genet, On Purge Baby! By Georges Feydeau, Judas Pilate by Paul Claudel, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry and Monelle after the work of Marcel Schwob. He works regularly with the author Olivier Coyette; most recently they collaborated at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, with Voir Un Ami Pleurer (To See a Friend Cry) Other recent works include Microfictions, by Regis Jauffret in collaboration with Charlie Windelschmidt at Théâtre du Rond Point in Paris (with subsequent performances throughout France, with over 250 actors); an adaptation of Valere Novarina’s text, The Sacrificing Actor in partnership with Emory University in Atlanta and Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Assistant Director Mitch de Mooij/ Dramaturge Pascal Collin/ Lighting Design Richard Norwood / Set Design Joanna Iwanicki/ Costume Design Rachel Sypniewski / Stage Manager Allison Goetzman/ Graphic Design Michal Janicki/ Original Music Nicholas Tonozzi / Makeup Design Zsófia Ötvös