|French play set in WWII comes to SSU April 2
Sonoma State University will present a spectacle about the French Resistance and Deportation during World War II that retells the story of the women imprisoned in Auschwitz.
The French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda will stage “Je reviens de la vérité / I Return from the Truth” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auschwitz survivor and author Charlotte Delbo on April 2 at 8 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.
The piece is comprised of evocations in 18 fragments of lives portrayed by Delbo in her longer play “Who Will Relate These Words?” Delbo, who was sent to the concentration camp for printing and distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets in Occupied Paris, used theater as a way of holding on to humanity, staging Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid” from memory with her fellow non-Jewish women prisoners, all of whom had, ironically, just survived a bout of typhus. Returning to Paris after the war, Delbo sought to give witness to the atrocities of the camps in her writings.
The production will be entirely in French, with supertitles in English. The event is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the School of Social Sciences, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Jewish Studies Program, and Associated Student Productions. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. For tickets, e-mail Suzanne Toczyski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 664-4177.