Franny (Rosie Hallett) is read to by her brother (Rudy Guerrero) of a family evening. From Emma Donoghue's "Night Vision." Franny (Rosie Hallett) is read to by her brother (Rudy Guerrero) of a family evening. From Emma Donoghue's "Night Vision." Photo credit: Julie Schuchard


MAY 23Rd to JUNE10TH 2016

A word from Susan Harloe, Artistic Director of Word for Word Performing Arts Company
Word for Word is very excited to come once again to Paris, and we are very happy to be continuing our theatrical relationship  with Ecole Jeannine Manuel--first, with our upcoming professional production of Stories by Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín ("Night Vision" and "Silence", to be held at Théatre Adyar (7e) on May 4.   We are glad that parents and students of Ecole Jeannine Manuel will have the opportunity to see our production of the works of these two great writers [both of whom have films-from-their-books recently nominated for the American Oscar ("Room" by Emma Donoghue and "Brooklyn" by Colm Toíbín)].  Word for Word is performing stories about two women from history:  "Night  Vision" tells of 9 year old Frances Browne, blind and with a fierce ambition to become a poet, no matter the odds.  "Silence" is the story of a young Lady Gregory (later founder of the Abbey  Theater in Dublin) and the secrets she must keep about her world and her passion.  Terrific stories by two great storytellers.  We've just finished a six week run in San Francisco, and this is what the critics said:
….it’s hard to resist the unique magic Word [for Word] works….
—Rob Hurwitt , San Francisco Chronicle
...thrilling, inventive, moving, incisive, funny and thought provoking. 
—Chad Jones in Theater Dogs
Reservations are available through the American Library, and there is more information here.
This is our 21st year of touring, and we are grateful to all our funders for making such an experience possible:  Fondation Jeannine Manuel, The Search Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, and the GRoW Annenberg Foundation, as well as The American Library in Paris.
Right after our tour, we  jump into  Word for Word's three week  workshop with Ecole Jeannine Manuel classes.  Once again, my colleague Gendell Hernandez and I will work with students daily in 5 English and 3 Spanish classes to transform short works of literature into  theater, Word for Word style.  Intense, fun, creative, and the students performing on stage is a highlight for everyone! 
We are very appreciative of the support of the Association de Parents d’élèves and the Activités Culturelles de l’Ecole Jeannine Manuel for these activities.    I've seen theater work wonders in drawing out shy students, and building an ensemble of classmates to create  little gems of artistic expression.
All of us in San Francisco involved in this project just can't wait to begin!
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