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Théâtre de la Ville returns to UMS in October with all-too-timely Camus classic

Preview September 11, 2017 Anne Kiley

ANN ARBOR—After innovative stage productions of Ionesco’s Rhinocéros in 2012 and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2014, Théâtre de la Ville returns to UMS with L’État de siege (State of Siege), a dizzying and alternative-fact-filled allegory by Albert Camus about defiance in the face of authoritarianism.

In a nightmarish future, a city is reduced to silence and submission to authority. A character called The Plague takes control of the government, imposing a regime of contagion, domination, and disinformation — until a young man, Diego, organizes a revolt. Written in 1948 in the aftermath of World War II, State of Siege reflects the creation of a corrupt, totalitarian regime, weaving together paranoia, endurance, and the necessity of resistance.

Théâtre de la Ville is one of Paris’ most important theaters. Their touring production of State of Siege is directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and performed in French with English supertitles.

Performances are at 8:00 pm Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at the Power Center. Tickets are available online at ums.org.