COMA — A Staged Reading
Renowned French director and actor Patrice Chereau performs in a stage reading of Pierre Guyotat’s highly lauded work COMA.
Winner of the 2006 Prix Decembre, one of the foremost literary prizes in France, COMA is a deeply moving, vivid portrayal of the author’s artistic and spiritual crisis in the 1980s. A striking, poetic performance by Chereau who completely embodies Guyotat’s painful and moving words on life, death, and the struggle to create.
In French with English titles.
Co-presented with French Institute Alliances Française (FIAF). Generously supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. Special thanks to Les Visiteurs du Soir.
Patrice Chereau is an acclaimed director of theater, opera, and film. In the 1980s he produced plays by B.M. Koltes, including the world-famous In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields and Black Battles with Dogs.
He has also directed operas, including Wagner’s Ringcyclein Bayreuth, which is considered one of the most influential stagings of operas worldwide, a very special version of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and the critically acclaimed production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead, which had its New York premiere with the Metropolitan Opera in 2009. He has also made a number of films among them the highly lauded Queen Margot (1994), L’Homme blesse (1983), Intimacy (2001), Gabrielle (2005), and Persecution (2009). In 2010, he was a guest curator at the Louvre where he incorporated dance, opera, theater, film and painting in a show titled Les Visages et les corps (Faces and Bodies).