The nameless narrator of this blistering monologue lies ill and alone in a dreary hotel room in a poverty-stricken country. A political execution is about to take place at the same time. Far from the glib comforts of his own life, he struggles with memories and his own conscience, which are challenged by the misery and poverty he sees. With compassion, eloquence, and ruthless self-scrutiny, the narrator discovers that having good intentions toward the dispossessed is not enough. As he reminisces and agonizes over his own responsibility for the downtrodden, he reaches the inevitable conclusion that the politically correct are guilty themselves unless they take action.
Wallace Shawn is an acclaimed playwright who has written for both film and theatre. He is probably best known for his film work, My Dinner with Andre (1981), a partially autobiographical film he penned with co-star Andre Gregory. The son of long-time New Yorker editor William Shawn, he is also a prolific and acclaimed actor, having appeared in films such as All That Jazz, Manhattan, The Princess Bride, and Vanya on 42nd Street.
La Fièvre by Wallace Shawn
French translation Philippe Ducros
Directed by Stacey Christodoulou
With Philippe Ducros
Dates: March 27 to April 14, 2007
Venue: Théâtre Prospero (Salle intime), 1371, rue Ontario Est (métro Beaudry)
Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday at 8:15pm
Tickets: $24 ($17 students and seniors)
Reservations: 514 526-6582
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