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POSTPONED: "Dough" by David Lescot at New Ohio Theater

The production of Dough has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information

From April 22-25, the New Ohio Theater, West Village beloved theater, will present Dough written and directed by  David Lescot,  a play for three actors, Hannah Mitchell, Matthew Brown, and Zach Lusk.

The translation from French is by Chris Campbell. Lighting designer Roderick Murray recently joined the creative team. 

Details about the schedule here New Ohio Theater   

About The Play:

From childhood to middle age, money gives life its tempo, with either fruitful moments or debts. Dough is a fast-paced, light, and funny choral text that goes through the different stages of life, tracing its relationship to money. 

Excerpts from an interview with David Lescot: 

It goes without saying that I like to present things on stage that are usually excluded from theater, as exemplified by the way that I approach the notion of time in the work. In Poetics, Aristotle states that a work of theater cannot tell the story of a complete life. Obviously, I want to transgress that dramaturgical code. In order to successfully overcome this challenge, I need to use unusual methods.

With Dough, I wanted to write about the development of time over the course of a lifetime, without a single interruption.

I didn’t want any elliptical narratives, black outs or subtitles such as '15 years later' and '20 years later'. The rule that I set for myself while writing the play was to write about a life continuously. Things come one after another. I wanted a unique, undivided movement. Plays such as Dough are attempts, experiences. 

With its particular time structure, this work makes us rethink acting. For me, this development of time in the play is comparable to a movie about a fast-forwarded life. It is about editing effects. Cinema has very strongly influenced my writing, without a doubt. The art of cinema helped us create a richer story. The fast-forward and slow motion effects are above all cinematographic processes. In theater, it is difficult to create such effects, unless you copy cinema. 

Ultimately, in the play, the fast-forward effect allows viewers to travel across several decades. Indeed, Dough recounts the passage of time, the passage of eras, of decades. While I was writing this play, I often thought in terms of decades: I divided a lifetime into decades. I think that the unit of life is a decade. I very much enjoy going back to the half-phony, half-deep theory of my philosophical friend: from age 0 to 40 you learn about life, from 40 to 60 you dominate the world (or at least you try) and after 60 you learn how to die. 


About David Lescot

Author, stage director and musician, David Lescot is an associate artist of Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. His writing, like his stage work seeks to mix theatre with non-dramatic forms, in particular music.  David’s work has been rewarded with several prizes (Prize of the Best French Speaking Creation, 2007; New Talent (Révélation) Molière Award in 2009 and his plays are published by Editions Actes Sud  and translated into English, German, Polish, Italian, Russian. Lescot also directs opera such as Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (2014 at Opéra de Lille), among others. His work Les Ondes magnétiques was presented by La Comédie-Francaise –Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in his own staging, a second collaboration with the famous troupe. 

Dough is a production of Compagnie du Kairos, Paris. The New York production is supported by FACE Contemporary Theater and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

In the theater field, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy aims to highlight the work of French playwrights – both in French and English translation – for a broad American audience. In recent years, greater attention has been devoted to developing productions of French plays translated to English staged with an American cast. 

Dough is part of this momentum.