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Returning to Reims at St. Ann's Warehouse

The German theatre director Thomas Ostermeier stages Returning to Reims, the French philosopher Didier Eribon's 2009 memoir, at St. Ann's Warehouse (Feb 4-25, 2018).

A sound studio. An actress records a voiceover for a documentary. Philospher Didier Eribon, returning to his childhood home, discovers that the left-wing and liberal middle-class have abandoned the working-class, and workers are running into the arms of the right-wing National Front. How is this possible? How have things come to this? As populism marches around the globe, does political activism still have a role to play?

Featuring Homeland’s Nina Hoss in a “magnetic” performance, director Thomas Ostermeier “turns the stage into a source of living debate, … a poignant political drama about change and the left’s disregard of the working class.” (The Guardian). His production of Returning to Reims provides a key understanding of what’s gripping contemporary society.

Post-show discussion with Nina Hoss, Christian Martin, professor of European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU, and French author Edouard Louis, on February 15

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Running time: approximatively 2 hours with no intermission.

Returning to Reims is commissioned by Schaubühne Berlin and Manchester International Festival. Produced by Schaubühne Berlin with Manchester International Festival, HOME Manchester and Théâtre de la Ville Paris. Production support from V. Hansmann.