Dealing with Clair

stage and costume designer
coming up: Premiere on November 26th 2019
at théâtre des capucins, Luxembourg (LU)
written by: Martin Crimp
directed by: Anne Simon
Following the unanimous acclaim for her production of Stupid Fucking Bird last season, director Anne Simon now tackles an early play by one of Britain’s most exciting playwrights to emerge in the 1980s: Martin Crimp. Dealing with Clair appears to be a simple study of the real estate business. However, it ultimately turns out to be about the psychological violence of a white-collar world where money talks, the moral ambivalence of the middle classes and about men’s abuse and belittlement of women. Crimp’s portrayal of a dog-eat-dog world might be even more accurate today than it was 30 years ago when the play was originally written.

The yuppie couple Mike and Liz are anxious to sell their London house. They tell their estate agent Clair that they want to act honourably and accept the first offer at their already inflated asking price. But then James enters the scene, an enigmatic picture-dealer with a higher cash bid and unfathomable motives. Quickly all ethical notions go out of the window. Clair is caught in the middle of the couple’s double dealings and receives slightly too much attention by both the male seller and the potential buyer ...

Crimp excels at dissecting how language can camouflage people’s baser actions: it conceals the loss of ethical standards and reveals the greed, sex and crime that reign right underneath the surface. Together with their cast, Anne Simon and her collaborator Tom Dockal will explore, in a detective-like manner, the possible realities of a murder that might not even have happened. For the second time they will team up with set and costume designer Clio Van Aerde. In Ballardian fashion, the set will become yet another intrusive character in a creepy and mysteriously hostile world of appearances and equivocation.

Stupid Fucking Bird

stage and costume designer
January- Febuary 2019 at théâtre des capucins
written by: Aaron Posner
directed by: Anne Simon
Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird is an irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s famous The Seagull, containing all the intensity, tragedy and most importantly the humour which Chekhov was a master at, while maintaining the essence of Chekhov’s iconic story – and the bird in the title.

Kind, hopeful Dev suffers from an unrequited love for Mash, who is desperately in love with Con, a passionate playwright, who is deeply in love with Nina, his beautiful, vibrant muse, who seems to love him back, until she becomes entranced by Trigorin, a literary star who happens to be dating Con’s mother Emma, a successful, but terribly commercial actress – in the eyes of her son. With a dead bird, a gun, and a little help from the audience, Con might be able to win Nina’s heart again or at least feed his own tentative, morbid creativity...

In this funny and compassionate reboot of Chekhov’s classic, Posner has created a strong, energetic ensemble piece, a hilarious and moving meditation on love, life, and art. Whereas The Seagull already deals with the timeless battle between young and old, past and present, theatre and reality in search of the true meaning of it all, Posner’s template will see Anne Simon take this premise a step further. She intends to push the boundaries of the play within a play as her version will see a troupe of mixed international actors try to mount the Russian dramatist’s expectationladen coming-of-age story. In the process, they might well end up facing the same questions and struggles as the characters in the play: reconsidering how art, love, and revolution fuel their own individual pursuit of happiness.

© Bohumil Kostohryz

Die grossen Abendteuer der kleinen Sara Crewe

stage designer
Die grossen Abenteuer der kleine Sara Crewe
written by Frances Hodgson Burnett
directed by Jethro Compton
theatre piece for 6-Year-Old +
May-June 2018 at Theater der Jugend, Wien (AT)

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Schlamm oder die Katastrophe von Heath Cliff

stage designer
Schlamm oder die Katastrophe von Heath Cliff
written by Louis Sachar
directed by Jethro Compton
theatre piece for 11-Year-Old +
April-June 2017 at Theater der Jugend, Wien (AT)

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