Little Red Riding Hood
Sat, Mar 3 at 12pm (includes brunch at 11am)
Sat, Mar 3 at 7pm
Sun, Mar 4 at 12pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Performance • Ages 7 & up • 45 mins • In French with English supertitles
Once upon a time, there was a fearless little girl. A workaholic single mother. A homemade flan. And a crafty wolf. With projections, imagination, and a velvety voice, a stoic narrator guides audiences on an unforgettable adventure and a powerful rite of passage.
Visionary French director Joël Pommerat makes Little Red Riding Hood startlingly new in this contemporary staging of the oft-told fairytale. Created by Pommerat to introduce his young daughter to the magic of theater, this dynamic production of Little Red Riding Hood revolutionized the way theater is made for young people, in France and around the world. With the aim of speaking truth, Pommerat creates wholly original theater that radiates warmth, empathy, and curiosity for audiences of all ages.
“[Pommerat] is one of the most outstanding and creative directors working today.”— The Guardian
Don’t miss this rare stateside performance of this celebrated landmark production!
About the Artist
Joël Pommerat, a self-taught artist and one of the most prominent playwrights and directors in France, is known for developing a new approach to theater by constructing works that are familiar, magical and unforgettable at the same time. He founded the Compagnie Louis Brouillard in 1990 to create theater that combines his two passions – writing and acting. He has worked extensively at the Théâtre de la Main d’Or in Paris (Le Chemin de Dakar, Le Théâtre, Vingt cinq années, Des suées, Les Evénements) and was able to develop several of his best known pieces and workshops after receiving a grant from CIC bank and the support of the Théâtre de Brétigny and the Théâtre Paris-Villette. In 2007 he was invited by Peter Brook to become artist-in-residence at the Bouffes du Nord Theatre until 2010. He has been associate artist at the National Theatre of Brussels and the Paris Odeon Theatre of Europe. In 2007, Joël Pommerat received the third Grand Prix de Littérature Dramatique for his last play Les Marchands.
Written and directed by Joël Pommerat
Adapted from the original folktale
Performed by Rodolphe Martin, Isabelle Rivoal, and Valérie Vinci
Produced by Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Co-produced by Centre Dramatique Régional de Tours, Théâtre Brétigny – Scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge (subsidised theatre space), with the support of the Haute- Normandie, Region of France
Co-presented with Princeton University.
Supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The performances at FIAF are part of Joël Pommerat’s first U.S. tour, including performances in Los Angeles and New York, and masterclasses taught by the company at Princeton University.
Photo © Elizabeth Carecchio