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U.S. Tour: Albert Camus' State of Siege

A comet screams ominously through the sky, rupturing the sweet status quo of a sleepy summer. One by one, stricken bodies collapse as two smiling bureaucrats, the Plague and his loyal secretary Death, take control of the government, imposing a regime of contagion, domination, and disinformation.

Renowned French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota (Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014 Next Wave; Rhinoceros, 2012 Next Wave) sets his expansive sights on Albert Camus’ 1948 play, an alternative-fact-filled allegory as disquieting today as it was in the soul-searching years after World War II. Amid the fear and betrayal festering in the shadowy scenography of Demarcy-Mota’s occupied city, survivors struggle to grasp the freedom that might yet be within their reach.

This production is touring through the USA and Canada, with stops in Ann Arbor (MI), Berkeley (CA), Los Angeles (CA), New York (NY), Boston (MA) and Ottawa (Canada).

The US tour of Stage of Siege has been made possible through support from Institut français, City of Paris and the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the USA.

"The Parisian company’s production of Albert Camus’ play, performed in French with English supertitles, is that rare achievement in political theater: It surprises." San Francisco Chronicle

"Théâtre de la Ville’s “State of Siege” is among the most relevant and well-executed theatrical productions of the contemporary political era." The Daily Californian

"The staging by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota is choreographed within an inch of its life. The scenic effects, as simple as they are wondrous, sustain the drama’s menacing velocity even when Camus goes off on one of his philosophical tirades." Los Angeles Times