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1 For more information, contact Karen Altree Piemme, Director of Outreach [email protected] or 408.367.7291 A Study Guide presented by San Jose Repertory Theatre BY YASMINA REZA MARCH 22-APRIL 15, 2012 TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
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1 Table of Contents Synopsis ........................................... 1 About the Playwright……...….2 Yasmina Reza Interview… ..... 3-5 Anger Management…… ...... 6-7 Spartacus……………...…….8-9 Drug Recalls .... ………….… ..... 10 Pharmaceutical Lawsuits...11-13 Clafoutis………………… ....... 14 Overparenting…………...15-19 Discussion Questions… ..... 20-21 Further Research……...….….22 SYNOPSIS A COMEDY ABOUT MANNERS, WITHOUT MANNERS This sharp-edged comedy takes us on a rollercoaster ride to twisted depths and hilarious contradictions when "grown-ups" are called upon to tidy up children’s messes. Two sets of par- ents try to put their best foot forward to deal with the after- math of a playground altercation between their sons. But any attempt at having a civilized conversation quickly devolves in- to a hysterical night of name calling, finger-pointing and throwing things. The men gang up on the women, the women gang up on the men, and what begins as a calm, rational de- bate among adults becomes a journey into the heart of human chaos and savage instinct. “Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly.” - New York Times
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2 Yasmina Reza was born in 1959 to parents who were both of Jewish origin — her father Iranian, her mother Hungarian. At the beginning of her career, Reza acted in several new plays as well as in plays by both Molière and Marivaux. In 1987 she wrote Conversations after a Buri- al, which won the Molière Award (the French equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Award or the Tony Award) for Best Author. Following this, she translated Kafka's The Metamorphosis for Roman Polanski and was nominated for a Molière Award for Best Translation. Her second play, Winter Crossing , won the 1990 Molière Award for Best Fringe Produc- tion, and her next play The Unexpected Man , enjoyed successful productions in England, France, Scandinavia, Germany and New York. In 1995, 'Art' premiered in Paris and went on to win the Molière Award for Best Author. Since then it has been produced worldwide and translated and per- formed in over 30 languages. The London production, produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, received the 1996–97 Laurence Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award. It also won the Tony Award for Best Play. Life X 3 has also been produced in Europe, North America and Australia. Screenwriting credits include See You Tomorrow , starring Jeanne Moreau and directed by Re- za's then-partner Didier Martiny. In September 1997, her first novel, Hammerklavier , was published and another work of fiction, Une Désolation , was published in 2001. Her 2007 work L'Aube le Soir ou la Nuit ( Dawn Evening or Night ), written after a year of following the campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy caused a sensation in France.
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