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Fall 2021 Digital Season
Adapted by Neil Bartlett
From La Peste by Albert Camus
Directed by Charles McMahon
STREAMING ON DEMAND
October 7 - November 21, 2021
"What a story... chilling and contemporary." –London Evening Standard
"An ingenious update of Camus' chilling fable... A compelling 90-minute experience." –The Guardian
Infection, quarantine, panic, and closed borders are invoked in this sharp adaptation of Camus' masterful novel La Peste, originally written following World War II to serve as a political warning to future generations about fascism. Bartlett's compelling drama is all the more startling for how contemporary and timeless the action plays out on the stage: "How would I react if the plague came for me?"
This American premiere production was filmed at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia in July 2021, with strict adherence to all CDC, state, and local health and safety guidelines.
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Artist Interview: Director Charles McMahon
The director of The Plague on the resonance and lessons of the play
Parallels in Historical Plagues
"Once they closed those gates...we were all in the same boat." –Neil Bartlett, The Plague
Artist Interview: Playwright Neil Bartlett
The Plague playwright joins the Lantern's Charles McMahon and Meghan Winch for a conversation about adaptation, community, and what Camus can tell us about today
Albert Camus and the Plague of Fascism
How experiences of colonialism and the French Resistance shaped Camus' The Plague
Liberté, égalité, fraternité: French Political History and The Plague
How the political history of France set the stage for Camus' novel
Two Plagues: Biological and Political
Pandemics as metaphor and mirror of political plagues, in life and art
"Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!"
The post-World War II world in which Albert Camus wrote The Plague
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Kirk Wendell Brown as Grand • Peter DeLaurier as Jean Tarrou • J Hernandez as Raymond Rambert • Anthony Lawton as Dr. Rieux • Amanda Schoonover as Cottard
THE CREATIVE TEAM
James F. Pyne, Jr., Scenic Designer • Leigh Ivory Clark Paradise, Costume Designer • Shon Causer, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer & Composer • Isabella Gill-Gomez, Associate Lighting Designer • Hannah Spear, Assistant Director • Rebecca Smith, Associate Producer
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.