Opium_37, by Catherine Léger
[by Catherine Léger: written in association with Érik Jean, and premiered at Théâtre de Quat'Sous]
On the eve of World War II, the Bohemians of Paris are hell-bent on losing themselves in art and sex, like junkies going after their next fix. In a Parisian café, Anaïs Nin and June Miller meet again after spending years apart. There, they share the space with some of Paris’s notorious and eccentric artists who are an orchestra of contrasting voices, reflecting on art and misery, creativity and identity, female sexuality and power. They battle with words and wills, a lingering violence in the air. Inspired by the lives of Nin, Miller, and Antonin Artaud, Catherine Léger explores the language of power and the role of art for its creators and the world around them.
Cast size: 5F/3M
Translation commissioned and published by Playwrights Canada Press (2013).
"A critical and popular success when first produced in 2008... Orchestrated like a waltz, the play is a festive and musical exploration of artists and their need to fight, get intoxicated, feel strong and alive, vigorously claim their existence... A vibrant work that will fill [the theatre] Quat'Sous with noise and joy."
– La Presse