Huis clos, Jean-Paul Sartre

WHITTIER COLLEGE
presented on October 28, 2016
AS A KICK-OFF EVENT OF NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK 2016

20th-Annual French Play

A PLAY IN FRENCH

at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
at Whittier College, Whittier, CA.

Imagine yourself trapped in a minimally furnished room with two imperfect strangers and finding out that whatever utterance your mind forms succumbs to the pressure of those staring at you.  No intimate thought, none of your deepest feelings can escape the scrutiny of your roommates, cellmates, hellmates. It’s the boiling point of peer pressure:  “L’enfer, c’est les autres” or “Hell is others.”

Huis-Clos / No Exit is the most celebrated and studied existentialist play.  French philosopher, playwright, novelist, and essayist, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) has cast in a sharp light his stark views about the relation of the self to others, making his philosophy of humanity accessible to a large audience.

ACTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES
ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Directed by
ANDRE NERMAN
Assisted by Stéphanie Laurent

performed by

COMPAGNIE CARAVAGUE

THANKS TO OUR SPECIAL SPONSORS
The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and the AATF-Southern California,
the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
and The French Learning Website
If you have any question or would like to become an official sponsor for future events, please contact the organizer of this annual event at Whittier College: Dr. Marie-Magdeleine Chirol (phone: 562/464-4523).