Theater
Caroline Guiela Nguyen
FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale

North American Premiere

Fri, Sep 16 & Sat, Sep 17
7:30pm
NYU Skirball

In the US premiere of Caroline Guiela Nguyen‘s play, FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale, an ensemble cast of professional and amateur actors ages 16 to 79 take audiences on a fantastic voyage.

In an unexpected freak-event, part of the human race is erased from the planet. Those who remain try to heal, and make sense of the great absence. In order to maintain the personal and collective memory of loved ones, people begin to join together to create a new kind of social center: the “Centres for Healing and Consolation.” There, people are able to leave messages for the departed and fight the passage of time, trying to keep the memories of loved ones alive. The astounding plot plays out into the next century, in several different languages.

Featuring Dan Artus, Saadi Bahri, Boutaïna El Fekkak, Hoonaz Ghojallu, Maïmouna Keita, Nanii, Elios Noël, Alix Petris, Saaphyra, Vasanth Selvam, Anh Tran Nghia , Hiep Tran Nghia, and Mahia Zrouki

3 hours including 20-minute intermission
In French, Arabic, Vietnamese, and English with supertitles

Director: Caroline Guiela Nguyen

Caroline Guiela Nguyen is an author, director and producer.

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    • Initially a student in sociology, Guiela Nguyen joined the school of the National Theater of Strasbourg. In 2009, she founded the company les Hommes Approximatifs. Together, they invent their own stories, with missing, absent and missing bodies, absent from the theater stage and never cease to populate the stage of the world around them: Se souvenir de Violetta (2011), Ses Mains, Le bal d’Emma (2012), Elle brûle (2013), Le chagrin (2015), Mon grand amour (2016), SAIGON (2017). In 2018, she began working with Les Hommes Approximatifs and the cycle Fraternité which counts three creations to date: a film co-produced by Les Films du Worso, Les Engloutis, FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique and KINDHEITSARCHIVE [Childhood-Archive] created at the Schaubühne in October 2022.

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    • Text: Caroline Guiela Nguyen with the entire artistic team
      Direction: Caroline Guiela Nguyen
      Artistic Collaboration: Claire Calvi
      Stage Design: Alice Duchange
      Costume Design: Benjamin Moreau
      Lighting Design: Jérémie Papin, assisted by Mathilde Chamoux
      Music & Sound: Teddy Gauliat-Pitois (composition) , Antoine Richard (production and composition), Orane Duclos (collaborator), Thibaut Farineau (assistant)
      Video: Jérémie Scheidler, assisted by Marina Masquelier
      Subtitles: Panthéa – Manon Bertrand
      Dramaturgy: Hugo Soubise and Manon Worms
      Assistant to the director: Paola Secret
      General Management: Nicolas Barrot
      Stage Management: Olivier Lantheaume
      Video Manager: Marion Comte
      Light Manager: Samuel Kleinmann-Lebourges
      Sound Manager: Adrien Wernert
      Dresser: Coline Galeazzi
      Voice Coaching: Myriam Djemour
      Conception « Memo »: Sébastien Puech
      Interpretation: Fabio Godinho and Camille Hummel (English), Cao Nguyen (Vietnamese)
      Casting Collaboration: Lola Diane
      Painting: Magali Poutoux
      With the participation of Rosanna Artus, Habib Azaouzi, Majida Ghomari, Lee Michelsen, Ruth Nuesch, Jean Ruimi
      Production: Isabelle Nougier
      Technical Direction: Xavier Lazarini
      Coordination: Elsa Hummel-Zongo
      Communication & Press: Coline Loger
      Administrative Management: Stéphane Triolet
      Tour management: Carla Hérin
      Set Construction: Atelier du Grand T, Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique
      Costume Design: Atelier du Théâtre de Liège with the support of the Atelier du Théatre national Wallonie-Bruxelles

      Executive production: Les Hommes Approximatifs, Festival d’Avignon
      French co-production: Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe, ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur*, La Comédie – CDN de Reims, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Théâtre National de Strasbourg, Châteauvallon scène nationale, Théâtre de l’Union – CDN du Limousin, Théâtre Olympia CDN de Tours, MC2 : Grenoble, La Criée – Théâtre national de Marseille, Le Grand T théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Comédie de Colmar – CDN Grand Est Alsace, La rose des vents – Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq, Le Parvis – Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Théâtre National de Nice, Théâtre du Beauvaisis – Scène nationale.
      International co-production: PROSPERO – Extended Theatre**, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre de Liège, Les théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Centro Dramatico Nacional – Madrid, Dramaten – Stockholm, Schaubühne – Berlin, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II – Lisbonne, Thalia Theater- Hambourg, Festival RomaEuropa
      With the support of the DGCA
      With the participation of Jeune théâtre National, Institut français Paris and ENSATT

      *ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a production platform supported by Région SUD Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur gathering Festival d’Avignon, Festival de Marseille, Théâtre National de Nice, La Criée – Théâtre national de Marseille, Les Théâtres – Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Anthéa-Antipolis Théâtre d’Antibes, Scène nationale Châteauvallon-Liberté and Friche la Belle de Mai
      **PROSPERO – Extended Theatre is a project co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme