A woman calls her lover on the phone. He has decided to leave her. In a desperate effort, she tries for a last time to convince him to stay with her. Riveted to the receiver that has become a “frightening weapon”, she collapses when she finds out that he is leaving her to marry another woman. In this monologue, created by Jean Cocteau in 1927 for an actress and a receiver, the audience discerns the words of the speaker only through the reactions of the neglected woman. An unbalanced dialogue all the more so as the communication is regularly blurred or interrupted. Bowing to the whims of a faulty technology, facing her solitude and the dizzying absence of the one she cannot see, the woman undergoes a violent crisis of identity to recover progressively.
Hugues Le Tanneur
text Jean Cocteau direction Ivo Van Hove
With Halina Reijn
TRANSLATION Halina Rejin & Peter Van Kraaij DRAMATURGY Peter Van Kraaij SET AND LIGHTING DESIGN Jan Versweyveld SET DESIGN ASSISTANT Pascal Leboucq CASTING Hans Kemna COSTUMES Wim Van Vliet