This intimate play, set during World War 2, is built like a feature film, incorporating fun and suspenseful sequences, and mixing humor and gravity. Jean-Philippe Daguerre recreates the hidden torments of 1942 Paris with emotion and allure.
Adieu M. Haffmann, an original and powerful play written and directed by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM. This intimate play, set during World War 2, is built like a feature film, incorporating fun and suspenseful sequences, and mixing humor and gravity. Daguerre recreates the hidden torments of 1942 Paris with emotion and allure. It is a masterful dive into the harsh reality of occupied France’s darkest hours.
Before being bestowed 4 Molières awards (the French Tony Awards), Adieu Monsieur Haffmann already had a glorious history. The play was first presented at the 2016 Festival d’Avignon, and then embarked on a long tour across France, then sold out the Théâtre du Petit Montparnasse in Paris. This success is due to its masterful narration, full of twists and turns, and the sharpness of its point of view. The personality of the employee turned boss, loving husband that willfully lets his wife cheat on him, both Nazi sympathizers and protecting a Jew, is a wonderful incongruity.
Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s script brings us back to the torments of an occupied France, when asking for someone’s solidarity meant exposing yourself to the greatest perils. Although the writing and directing remain accessible to all ages, the play turns out to be a deep and ambiguous reflection on identity, the sense of belonging to a community, possession and sharing, devotion to others or, to the contrary, vileness…
Paris, 1942. All Jewish people are now obligated to wear a yellow star by law. Jeweler Joseph Haffmann offers his employee Pierre Vigneau to let him run the shop, on the condition that he hides his “former” boss until safer times. Will Pierre take the risk of secretly housing him in the shop? If so, will there be any conditions?
The play is “a huge success” critically and unanimously acclaimed.
6 Molière Awards nominations in 2018, including 4 Molière Awards
Best Show in a Private Theatre
Best Supporting Actor – Franck DESMEDT
Best Female Newcomer – Julie CAVANNA
Best Living Francophone Playwright – Jean-Philippe DAGUERRE
Best Director – Jean-Philippe DAGUERRE
Best Actor in a Private Theatre – Grégori BAQUET
** In French with English subtitles**
Presenter / Producer: Theatre Raymond Kabbaz
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 310-286-0553
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz
10361 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90064
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 9/20/2019
Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students and seniors.
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