“You say I idealize women? Possibly. Who can say. What’s wrong with a woman being idealized a bit now and then?” Marguerite Duras
After sold out performances at FIAF, Celebrated Parisian stage director Irina Brook is proud to announce the extension her New York theatrical debut at La MaMa E.T.C. with “La Vie Matérielle,” a vivid interpretation of Marguerite Duras’s collection of essays on daily life, and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.
The production features a diverse ensemble of female performers including Nicole Ansari (HBO’s Deadwood, West End & Broadway productions of Tom Stoppard’s “Rock and Roll,” Théâtre du Soleil), Obie-award winning actress, director, and writer Winsome Brown, novelist and former editor of French Vogue Joan Juliet Buck who was last seen in the film “Julie and Julia,” famed British folk-rock diva Sadie Jemmett, and concert violin soloist Yibin Li.
Packed with music, girl-talk, and refreshing frankness, this evening is a festive gathering of talents; an experience of sharing these authors’ extraordinary words while cooking, laughing, crying, singing, and dancing together in an imaginary and theatrical kitchen.
Irina Brook, daughter of director Peter Brook and actress Natasha Parry, has directed theater and opera productions throughout Europe. Her Paris-based theater company, Compagnie Irina Brook, is currently on tour with four different productions. Brook is a recipient of the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
La Vie Matérielle is produced by La MaMa E.T.C. in association with the French Alliance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
IRINA BROOK was born in Paris; from the start she was brought up in theaters by her father, director Peter Brook, and her mother, Natasha Parry, an actress. She spent her childhood wishing she was Shirley Temple, or Jodie Foster and could hardly wait to grow up and become an actress. At the age of 18 she went to New York and performed in various Off-Off Broadway productions. She also waitressed, studied with Stella Adler, went a lot to the Russian tearooms and fell utterly in love with NYC. She returned to Paris where she acted for a few years and then London, where she performed in numerous plays, and
a few unmemorable movies. After many years of being a struggling actress, she discovered a play at the Louisville festival, Beast on the Moon, which she decided to direct; and from it's premiere in London to it's six month run in Paris (where it won six prestigious Moliere awards) it opened the door to ten years of nonstop directing, in Paris, Lausanne, Tokyo, Belgium, Holland, Italy, etc. (Plays include: The Glass Menagerie, Romeo & Juliette,
The Good Person Of Szechuan, Dancing At Lughnasa, All's Well That Ends Well, Midsummer Night's Dream, Homer's Odyssey, Morphic Resonance, The
Island Of Slaves...and several opera productions.) She has just completed a one year directorial residency at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox Massachusetts where she created various new works including, The Canterville Ghost, Toad of Toad Hall and the acclaimed Cindy Bella. Her Paris-based theater company, La Compagnie Irina Brook, established in 2003 is currently touring Europe with four different productions. In January she re-mounted the fourth reprise of her much acclaimed Cenerentola of Rossini at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. She also opened a new version of the Tempest with la Compagnie Irina Brook. The French government awarded her the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. And she has two smallish children...