From the matriarch of exploratory French theater comes a truly visionary play that, at its root, asks life's ultimate question: What would you do if the end of the world were imminent?
With Les Ephémères, based not on text but on the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives, the brilliant and widely influential director Ariane Mnouchkine once again delves into the core of our sensibilities. Mnouchkine's theater collective, Théâtre du Soleil, explores personal stories of pain and compassion in episodes that reflect our common experiences to find meaning in the mundane.
Mnouchkine recreates her famed Cartoucherie performance space in the historic Park Avenue Armory, a theatrical surround self-described as an "autopsy room," for this remarkable work. Presented in two parts that can be viewed individually or in a full cycle, Les Ephémères is a tour-de-force that transcends theater and pulls back the curtain on our own lives to reveal the familiar memories that haunt us and the hope that we share.