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La Brèche by Naomi Wallace directed by Tommy Milliot at Avignon Festival 2019

La Brèche © Tommy Milliot

The play La Brèche (The McAlpine Spillway) written by Naomi Wallace and directed by Tommy Milliot will premiere in France at the 2019 Avignon Festival at Gymnase du Lycée Mistral.

In the basement of a house located in a modest suburb in a “possible Kentucky” in 1977, four teenagers make an oath that will forever change the adults they'll become. Fourteen years later, they're back together to attend the funeral of one of them. And if they talk about their lives in the years since they last saw each other, it is all that is left unsaid that fascinates us. Silence becomes the cornerstone of a modern tragedy. Through this superposition of times, Tommy Milliot explores the realism of American writer Naomi Wallace and leads us down to a troubling place, built exclusively with light and sounds which infiltrate the space of the stage. Like a social play,  La Brèche is a fiction which serves as a mirror of a certain America stuck between two different times. It's as much about social class as it is about gender, in this play where “the question of consent is at the heart of this adolescent negotiation.”

La Brèche (The MacAlpine Spillway ) translated into French by Dominique Hollier is published by Editions Théâtrales


Tommy Milliot founded the company Man Haast in 2014, with the aim to develop contemporary writings. In his work, Milliot plays with words, light, and space as raw material and explores their relationship to the bodies of the actors and of the audience. He directed Frédéric Vossier's Lotissement (Housing Estate) in January 2016 at the Rose des Vents, Scène nationale Lille Métropole. The show then joined the 70th edition of the Festival d'Avignon after winning the prix Impatience. He also directed Winterreise, by Norwegian author Fredrik Brattberg, for the Festival Actoral in 2017, then at the Next Arts Festival. Naomi Wallace's La Brèche is the third play he directs.

Naomi Wallace is a Kentucky-born award-winning playwright. Her plays, which include In The Heart of America and The Liquid Plain, have been performed throughout the world. One Flea Spare (Une Puce, Epargnez la) became part of the repertoire of the Comédie-Française in 2009, making Naomi Wallace the second American author to be performed there after Tennessee Williams.
 


This production is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with the support of The Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français (Paris), the French Ministry of Culture, and other donors. 

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