L’Évanouie (The Vanished)
Branching out beyond their popular annual new play festival, an upcoming world premiere or two, and partnerships with schools, libraries, and more, LOCAL Theater Company has announced a bi-lingual (French-English) collaboration with Atlanta’s Théâtre Du Rêve (Theatre of the Dream): a concert reading of Belgian writer Olivier Coyette’s L’Évanouie (The Vanished).
L’Évanouie traverses the wild, funny, touching interior of a woman attempting to reconstruct her life through a delicious landscape of words and memories. The performance invites the audience to become an active part of the theatrical dialogue, changing the relationship between performer and spectator. The play is performed in both French and English, engaging both the fluent French speaker and the novice.
Rachel Fowler, a member of LOCAL Theater Company and Artistic Associate of Théâtre Du Rêve, stars in the reading along with Théâtre Du Rêve Artistic Director Park Krausen. Awoye Timpo provided the translations of sections into English. Playwright Olivier Coyette provided the sound design and the original direction (upheld by Krausen).
LOCAL Theater Company’s focus since its inception 3 years ago has been on new plays. The company was recently noted by the Denver Post as one of "Five Reasons [this] Region’s Theatre Scene is on the National Map." The company's next full production will be Faith (a favorite from LOCAL Lab 2014), which will run November 21 - Dec 6 at The Dairy Center for the Arts, in Boulder. Now a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), LOCAL will produce, in 2016, Meridith Friedman’s bold, racially-charged new play The Firestorm, as part of an NNPN "Rolling World Premiere."
Théâtre Du Rêve is the only professional French-language theatre company in the United States. The collaboration was prompted by Fowler, who lived in France from the age of 6 to 12. "I love this play for a few reasons:" says Fowler, "the communal storytelling being one—two women telling another woman's story, an old woman, too—the last line of the play contextualizing the whole piece. And, I love the two languages side by side—the translator was deft with the poetry, which is hard. It's funny and beautiful and fanciful. I also love the audience participation. And personally, I LOVE performing in French. It requires letting go completely, as both of us are going back and forth in English and French."
Boulder-based LOCAL Theater Company's and Atlanta’s Théâtre Du Rêve's presentation of L’Évanouie will be performed in Denver on Monday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania Street in Denver. The performance will be followed by a reception with wine and Belgian chocolates. The event is sponsored in part by the Alliance Française.
Tickets are $20, inclusive of sparkling wine and chocolates. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is General Admission. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations: LOCALTheaterCompany.org. Payment at the door via cash, check or Visa/MasterCard.