After exciting stage productions of Ionesco’s Rhinocéros in 2012 and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2014, Théâtre de la Ville returns with L’État de siege (State of Siege), a dizzying allegory created by Albert Camus.
In this nightmarish future, a city is reduced to the silence and submission of authority under the leadership of a character called “Le Peste” (The Plague). The Plague brings order, administration, lists, records, statistics, and persecution — until a young man, Diego, organizes a revolt. Written in 1948, State of Siege takes place in Cádiz, Spain and reflects the creation of a corrupt, totalitarian regime and the necessity of resistance. Performed in French with English supertitles.