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May 26
Film Series
POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

TRK: Plaidoiries and Adieu M. Haffmann

Still from Adieu Haffmann

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents Plaidoiries (Pleadings), a solo performance by Richard Berry on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 7:30pm, and Adieu M. Haffmann (Farewell Mr. Haffmann), a play written and directed by Jean-Philippe Daguerre on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30pm.

On September 13 and 14, 2019, the play Plaidoiries revisits and brings to life the closing arguments of five attorneys in important cases in France, each of which had a significant public impact. Matthieu Aron, a former court reporter who is now deputy editor in chief at the newsmagazine L’Observateur, reconstructed 45 court cases into a book using his own notes as well as shorthand court archives and lawyers’ copies of their arguments. This performance recaptures five of these crucial moments in French history.

  • In 1972, Gisèle Halimi paved the way for the legalization of abortion through his defense of a teenage girl and her relatives who were on trial for abortion after a rape
  • In 1976, Paul Lombard, defends the innocence of Christian Ranucci who was one of the last men to receive the death sentence and guillotined in France
  • Jean-Pierre Mignard defends the family of two boys, Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré, who were electrocuted after taking refuge in a power station
  • In 2009, the case of Véronique Courjault, who killed three of her babies
  • Maurice Papon who was convicted of crimes against humanity in 1998 for his part in the deportation of Jews under the Vichy government between 1942 and 1944, a case that is a powerful reminder of French history.

Catered receptions for Plaidoiries begin at 6:30pm.

Then, on Friday, September 20, 2019, TRK will present Adieu Monsieur Haffmann, an original and powerful play written and directed by Jean-Philippe Daguerre.

Against the backdrop of World War II, this play incorporates fun and suspenseful scenes in a mix of levity and gravity. Daguerre constructs a masterful dive into the harsh realities of occupied France and the hidden torments of 1942 Paris. The winner of 4 Molières awards and many other accolades, this play touches on questions of identity, community, possession and sharing, devotion, and vileness.

The performances on September 13, 14, and 20 are all 90-minutes in length and are presented in French with English supertitles.