When she took the job as Marcel Proust's housekeeper, Céleste Albaret thought she was just filling in for someone on sick leave. Little did she know that she would spend the next dozen years at Proust's side, serving his smallest whim, staying up until dawn gossiping about the glitterati -- and hearing of his shocking sojourns into Paris' infamous brothels. M. Proust chronicles the unlikely relationship between one of the world's most revered novelists, and the unlettered country girl who fell under his spell, becoming his closest companion and his steadfast defender against persistent rumors of his "secret life." Mary Beth Peil stars in this solo play by Mary Zimmerman, based on the writings of Marcel Proust and Céleste Albaret. Eric Rosen directs.