Character: The coquette
By: Alain-René LeSage
Director: Gerard Deshartes
Summary: Turcaret (1709) is a comedy in prose in which the principal character is a financier. This upstart, who has risen by theft and usury, is surrounded by people equally unscrupulous. It is an assemblage of rogues. A coquette shares her favours between Turcaret, who loves her and pays her, and a fashionable cavalier whom she loves. Frontin, the cavalier’s valet, sums up the play fairly well when he says to his master: “We pluck a coquette; the coquette ruins a financier; the financier swindles others, which makes the most amusing ricochet of knavish tricks imaginable.” The dialogue is spirited, the descriptions are true to life, and the action is full of animation.
JALOUSIE EN TROIS FAX
By: Esther Vilar
Director: Didier Long
Summary: Helen, Yana and Iris live at three different floors of the same building. They don’t know each other. One day, Helen’s husband leaves her for Yana who will be next dumped for Iris. The three women will start an abundant correspondence by fax only.
Iris, according to Eva: “I am, in theory, the coolest one because I converted to Buddhism. Even though jealousy is a new feeling for me, I go from happiness to despair. I address myself directly to the audience, it was very impressive.”