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In Performance: The Wooster Group’s VIEUX CARRÉ in France

The Wooster Group’s VIEUX CARRÉ in France

The Wooster Group is currently touring Tennessee Williams’ VIEUX CARRÉ in France.

[singlepic id=247 w= h= float=left]Like Williams’ first big success The Glass Menagerie, Vieux Carré is a “memory play,” narrated by the author himself in minimal disguise. In it Williams revisits the squalid rooming house that was his first home in New Orleans during the Great Depression, and remembers his artistic and sexual awakening there. Other inhabitants of the house swirl up out of the writer’s mind as archetypal Williams characters, longing for release, haunted by thwarted dreams, crippled by intense sensitivity.

For this piece, The Wooster Group has forged a new mode of expression for Williams’ lyric voice, borrowing stylistically from the improvisational films of Paul Morrissey, produced in collaboration with Andy Warhol in the early 1970s, the contemporary media work of Ryan Trecartin, and classic Chinese opera. ( – from the group’s promotional email)

VIEUX CARRÉ at Festival Premières in Strasbourg November 6-14, 2009

VIEUX CARRÉ at Festival D’Automne in Paris November 19 – 23, 2009



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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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