Out There 12

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(A L’Ouest)

by Nathalie Fillion



Translated by Emily-Jane Cohen and Michelle Haner

Directed by Amy Mueller


Sunday, May 27th, 5pm @ Z Space


Featuring…Arwen Anderson*, Beatrice Basso, Jessica Lynn Carroll*, Dan Hiatt*, Joan Mankin*, Peter Ruocco*, and Robert Sicular*


*indicates AEA


…while global markets collapse and sound investments dissolve, Jean, a depressed man in his forties, propelled into euphoria by a new anti-depressant, prepares to sell off the family’s properties. A highly charged Chechovian family drama for the 21st century…


A family of today: grandparents, grandchildren, the rejects of separated spouses still grafted onto the family tree, and a son, Jean, the hazy center of this constellation, a depressed man in his forties propelled into euphoria by a new anti-depressant…

While the global markets collapse and the grandparents’ sound investments dissolve, Jean, as careless as the markets are perturbed, prepares to sell off the family’s properties. Upon this canvas, Nathalie Fillion, interweaves the comic and the dramatic, the playful and the serious, the political and the personal.


Fillon head shotNathalie Fillion

After training as an actress and a decade on the boards, Nathalie Fillion wrote her first play. She also enjoys directing, with her first big success: the critically acclaimed Alex Legrand, performed 100 times in Paris and on tour.

She regularly collaborates with musicians and dancers. In 2002, her book Lady Godiva, a pinball opera, written in four languages, was performed by the CREA at the Opera Bastille. It was also read at the Festival d’Avignon in 2006, and a new production will open at the Theatre du Chatelet in April 2012.

Since 2005, she has collaborated with a group of writing accomplices, especially at Lorient and Reims Theaters. With French playwright Fabrice Melquiot, she founded  the “Cooperative d’écriture” in 2009. Since then, the group has held literary adventures in various theaters of France, at the Royal Court in London in July 2010, at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in June 2011, in Rome and in Madrid.

She divides her time between writing, directing and teaching at the Studio d’Asnieres.

Her translation-adaptation of the “Green Bird” by Carlo Gozzi for the Sandrine theater company was on tour in the 2010-2011 season.

In 2010, she was invited to Montreal by the Academy of Arts of Quebec, the Quebec International Writers’ Meeting. The same year, her play A l’Ouest received a grant from the National Theatre. A l‘Ouest was selected by the “Bureau des lecteurs” of the Comédie Française, and read at the Theatre du Vieux Colombier and in Montreal. Translated into German by Christa Müller and Laurent Muhleisen, it will be published in Autumn 2011 in the Theater der Zeit journal, and excerpts will be read at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in November 2011.
A l’Ouest was awarded the Foundation Barrier prize in 2011.


Hanner head shotMichelle Haner

is an American actress, director, teacher and translator who has worked extensively in both the US and Europe. Michelle studied and trained at Harvard (BA), the Sorbonne (MA), UCLA (M.F.A.) and L’Ecole Jacques LeCoq (2 year professional program). Her performance work embraces physical theater techniques, Strasberg-based work and collaborative theater. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater-LA, The Classical Theater Lab and foolsFURY, where she heads the company’s French Plays project, dedicated to translating contemporary French plays and developing connections between the French and American theater communities. She is also the Head of the Arts Department at San Francisco’s International High School, where she directs and teaches theater in the International Baccalaureate Program.


Cohen head shotEmily-Jane Cohen

is a scholar, writer, translator, and Acquisitions Editor for Literature, Philosophy, and Religion at Stanford University Press. In addition to her degrees from Barnard/Columbia (BA) and Stanford (PhD), Emily-Jane has studied at UC Berkeley, L’Ecole Normale Supérieur, and the University of Zaragoza. A specialist in 18th and 19th-century French and Comparative Literature, Emily-Jane has published in those fields as well as on various aspects of popular culture, including the origins of wax museums, the career of Martha Stewart, and the cultural history of electricity. She has many years of teaching experience ranging from the elementary to the university level. In addition to her pedagogical and scholarly background, Emily-Jane trained and worked as a professional chef and pastry chef in both France (Ecole Cordon Bleu, Ecole Lenôtre) and the United States.