ON HER SHOULDERS - THE READING SERIES
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
MADAME LA MORT & PLEASURE
By Rachilde, Directed by Melissa Attebery
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street
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RACHILDE (Playwright) wrote more than 20 plays which were produced throughout Europe, but her theatrical writing is largely unknown in comparison to her work as a novelist. At the height of her career, she hosted a salon that attracted the most prominent members of the French symbolist movement as well as international celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and Friedrich Nietzsche. She is credited with having coined the term "absurd" for the new style of non-realistic drama and played a major role in the formation of the symbolist theatre―a "theatre of the soul" which sought to transcend the physical stage. Rachilde was instrumental in creating the first art theatres in Europe, the Théâtre d’Art and the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre, and through her support, writers such as Collette and Alfred Jarry, achieved success. Born Marguerite Eymery in 1860, she took the pseudonym "Rachilde" at 17, after a note of encouragement from her idol Victor Hugo convinced her that she was destined to become a professional writer. Although she later married Alfred Vallette, editor of the literary journal Mercure de France, she never settled down to the life of a bourgeois housewife. Instead, her career as a playwright, novelist, literary critic, salon hostess, social commentator and Paris celebrity lasted well into the 20th century. Her last novel was published in 1942, and she died in 1953.
MELISSA ATTEBERY (Director) began in LA in television development and production at Paramount, Viacom and Granada Entertainment, before moving to the New York stage. Melissa has evaluated scripts for the Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop and FringeNYC; assistant-directed for Tina Howe at the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway; and directed Things Unsaid this Spring—three beautiful, new plays with original music, at The Players. BA, Dramatic Art and Film Studies, UC Santa Barbara; MFA, Directing, Actors Studio Drama School. Member, The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Workshop; Associate Member, SDC; Resident Director and Associate Artistic Director at Emerging Artists Theatre. www.melissaattebery.com