“On the eve of World War II, in a Parisian cafe, Anais Nin and June Miller meet again after spending years apart. There, they share the space with some of Paris’s notorious and eccentric artists who are an orchestra of contrasting voices, reflecting on art and misery, creativity and identity, female sexuality and power. They battle with words and wills, a lingering violence in the air. Inspired by the lives of Nin, Miller, and Antonin Artaud, Catherine Leger explores the language of power and the role of art for its creator and the world around them.” (From the CPO Website)
Paz: manager of the cafe
Anais: a character inspired by Anais Nin
June: a character inspired by June Miller
Artaud: a character inspired by Antonin Artaud
Fred: brother of Paz; coarse
Richard: paranoid artist
Latimbree: mad poet
Germain: a melancholy person
Zoe: Dame Pipi; prophet
Théâtre de Quat'Sous, Montreal, QC, 2008
For more information about Leanna Brodie and her work, visit the CWPO collection.
Staging this play would benefit from extensive research into the lives of the real people it portrays.