Monday, November 30, 2009

Clyde Fitch Report asks "Sartre" 5 Questions

"The inescapably French philosopher, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, political activist and critic Jean-Paul Sartre died in 1980. But his distinctive, ineludible 20th century ideas — Existentialism and the ever-conflicting glories of the left — have remained as examined, thrashed about and cautiously celebrated as they ever were during his own time.

Here in New York, meanwhile, a company called Nutshell Productions is mounting what could well be the umpteenth revival of Sartre’s play No Exit, running at the Times Square Arts Center (300 W. 43rd St., 4th Fl.) through Dec. 6. The production, directed by Robert Haufrecht, translated by Samuel Gilbert, features Richard Hymes-Esposito, Geraldine Johns, Karen Giordano and Etienne Navarre playing the characters caught in Sartre’s keen underworld of the mind.
And we are proud, here at the Clyde Fitch Report, to announce a scoop: an interview with the dead playwright himself. It was, shall we say, a very long-distance call, but as you will see, Sartre is as feisty and maddening as ever. (Thanks as well to Haufrecht for facilitating the discussion.)"

Complete interview at

Pictured: Mihaela Mihut (Inez), Richard Hymes-Esposito (Garcin) and Geraldine John (Estelle) | photo credit: Ali Yasin Beceren.

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