JE NE SERAIS PAS ARRIVÉE LÀ, SI… (I wouldn’t have made it here, if…)
By Annick Cojean
Directed by Judith Henry
Starring Julie Gayet and Judith Henry
Text published by Grasset and Fasquelle
Friday, March 4th at 8pm
Saturday, March 5th at 8pm
A French production written, directed, and performed by women.
The performance is in French, with English supertitles. Suitable for ages 18 and up.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Theatre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is proud to present JE NE SERAIS PAS ARRIVÉE LÀ, SI…(I wouldn’t have made it here, if…) on stage for two nights only, on Saturday, March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at 8pm.
I wouldn’t have made it here, if…
Simple words that ask a greater question: what made me the person I am today? What happy coincidence, accident, encounter, or choices have I made that have set the course of my life in motion?
Adapted from a series of revelatory interviews by Annick Cojean, a special correspondent for Le Monde, and one of France's most widely admired journalists, we delve into the intimate lives of trailblaizing women who have shaped French culture, like Christiane Taubira (politician and potential 2022 French presidential candidate), Gisèle Halimi (lawyer and essayist), Virginie Despentes (writer, novelist, and filmmaker), Françoise Héritier (the anthropologist and ethnologist), Nina Bouraoui (novelist and songwriter), and Amélie Nothomb (novelist).
Performed by celebrity French actress Julie Gayet and Judith Henri (who also directs), we are exposed to the thoughtful and surprising answers to the prompt “I wouldn’t have made it here if…”. It is through these interviews, with women of different generations and backgrounds that one generation of women speaks to the future, and through this dialog, a shared history is written.
Celebrated in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8th, a day of global recognition of the achievements of women around the world, this production offers a uniquely French perspective on women’s role in society.