Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve
Written by Pierre Notte
Translated by David Bradby
Directed by Valery Warnotte
October 14, 2010 – December 4, 2010
Georgia: December 2010
Washington DC: April 2011
France: April 2012
“Recommended… A stylish U.S. premiere by the ever-worldly Trap Door Theatre” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Four Stars… It’s a production whose small moments are likely to linger in the mind like something from a New Wave film”
– John Beer, Time Out Chicago
Cast: John Kahara, Beata Pilch, Sadie Rogers, and Holly Thomas Cerney
Trap Door Theatre in concert with the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Chicago, The Alliance Française de Washington, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the France-Atlanta festival, Cultures France, and with the support of Etant donnes from FACE – French American Fund for the Performing Arts – proudly presented Me Too, I Am Catherine Deneuve. Additional support was provided by: Alliance Française de Chicago, France Chicago Center, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Norman Wait Harris Memorial Fund, Théâtre du Rond-Point/Paris in the USA, as well as the University of Chicago’s Office of the Deputy Provost for the Arts, Office of the Dean of the College, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Guest Director Valery Warnotte stages his vision of this witty, imaginative and grotesque family drama that reveals the liberating and destructive elements that occur as each member suffers the varying effects of an identity crisis. The play asks the audience to explore, alongside the characters, the potent relationship between self-definition and self-determination. Following the Chicago run, the production had tour to Washington DC and Atlanta.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Pierre Notte is a playwright, director, journalist, novelist, poet, and arts consultant. He was secretary general of the Comedie-Francaise, and is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He has written such plays as Et l’Enfant sur le Loup, Deux Petites Dames Vers le Nord, Les Couteaux Dans le Dos, J’Existe, and Bidules.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Valery Warnotte is both an actor and director. Originally from Belgium, he lives in Paris and works in France, Belgium and the USA. He is a member of 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; they collaborated at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, with Voir Un Ami Pleurer (To See a Friend Cry). Other 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.
Pianist: Gary Damico / Musical Director: Nicholas Tonozzi / Assistant Director: Robert Teetsov / Sound Designer: Sam Lewis / Lighting Designer: Richard Norwood / Set Designer: Ewelina Dobiesz / Stage Managers: Michael Garvey & Barry Branford / Costume Designer: Nevena Todorovic / Makeup Designer: Zsófia Ötvös / Graphic Designer: Michal Janicki