Stork Theatre

Simone de Beauvoir

Directed by Justine Campbell. Written by Judith Armstrong.
Dramaturge Greg Carroll & Justine Campbell
Starring Caroline Lee, Julia Harari and Ezra Bix
Pianist & Singer Merran Wickham
Lighting Design Nick Merrylees


Simone de Beauvoir. Femme Fatale of Feminism. In 2011 on the 25th anniversary of her death, the icon of the feminist movement takes centre stage.

Simone de Beauvoir, (1908-1986), trailblazing French philosopher, public intellectual, novelist and lover stands at the centre of the Western feminist tradition. This groundbreaking new play focuses on the conflicts and passions of Beauvoir as she endeavors to live a life of freedom.

A lifelong rebel, the challenger of all social conventions – especially those surrounding love and marriage – whose pact with the philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, has been described as the most enduring love and as the most reprehensible. This vital, brainy woman then goes and falls in love for the (first?) time at forty. (A story soon to be made into a film with Vanessa Paradis (as Simone) and Johnny Depp.

Beauvoir's magnum opus, The Second Sex, (1949) helped ignite the feminist movement and changed women's lives forever. The first and most powerful voice to counter the Freudian paradigm that women are inferior to men, its publication caused a howl of rage and derision across Europe.

"You have made the French male look ridiculous!" thundered Albert Camus.

Playwright and novelist, Judith Armstrong, Principal Fellow, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, and writer of the acclaimed adaptation of Crime & Punishment (2010), will explore the nature of this flawed genius.


SEASON Aug 5 – Aug 28.
Wed – Sat @ 8pm. Sun @ 3pm
Tix $29 / $27 sen. and conc./ $19 full-time students under 25.
Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda.


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