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The State of Siege at ArtsEmerson

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The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L’État de siège) explores how art can serve as a way to process – and to resist – human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life?

 “We’re eager for Boston audiences to see the work of Théâtre de la Ville and Emmanuel DemarcyMota,” shares David Dower, Co-Artistic Director for ArtsEmerson. “Though there have been two highly acclaimed U.S. tours for the company in recent years, with Ionesco's Rhinocerous and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, The State of Siege will be the first Boston appearance by one of the world’s most important progressive theatre companies. It showcases this contemporary French company's style, and I believe it will both excite and astound Boston theatre audiences with its epic theatrical force.”

“Camus set the play in Spain, early in the era of Generalissimo Franco,” says P. Carl, Co-Artisitc Director for ArtsEmerson. “Audiences will immediately understand what has prompted Théâtre de la Ville to stage it now. The central battle between fear and love is, of course, timeless, but the resonance between Camus' response to the culture and compromises that gave rise to Franco and the current political climate both in Europe and in the U.S., is a shock.”



ArtsEmerson welcomes The State of Siege, written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, November 9-11, 2017 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Tickets start at just $20 and may be purchased online at www.ArtsEmerson.org, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office

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