Harvard’s La Troupe presents
Les Justes by Albert Camus
(in French with English super-titles)
Amanda Gann, Alistair Debling, Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire,
Jeremie Korta, Thibaut Mihelich
Original music by: Nicolas Schwalbe
Directed by: Sylvaine Guyot
THURSDAY, MAY 8 @ 7:30 PM
Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, Cambridge MA
Free and open to the public
Directed by Sylvaine Guyot in the tradition of “poor theater”, the play will be performed in French by five Harvard students – Alistair Debling (’17), Amanda Gann (RLL), Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire (RLL), Jérémie Korta (RLL) and Thibaut Mihelich (RLL) – with a music composed by Nicolas Schwalbe (’14).
Les Justes is Albert Camus’ fourth and last play, written in 1949 and first performed at the Théâtre Hébertot in Paris. Based on an historical event that occurred at the turn of the last century, the play tells the story of five socialist revolutionaries who plotted to assassinate the grand-duke Serge, then despotic ruler of Moscow. Over the course of five acts, Les Justes stages the turbulent preparations and final execution of a desperate attack against abusive state power. How far can one go in a rebellion against tyranny? Are there ethical constraints in revolution? A truly modern tragedy, Camus’ drama places us in the minds and hearts of five young Russian rebels as they attempt to square their love of freedom and of their fellow man with the will to conspire and commit murder.
Founded in 2009 by four Harvard College students and Sylvaine Guyot, Assistant Professor of French literature and dramatic arts in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, La Troupe is Harvard’s first and only French theater group. In the past three years, La Troupe has presented Ionesco’s Macbett (2010) and La Cantatrice chauve (2012), as well as Corneille’s L’Illusion comique (2011), Le Splendide’s Le Père Noël est une ordure (2011) and Camus’ Les Justes (2013).