US Premiere Play
By FLORIAN ZELLER
Translated by CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
Directed by TRIP CULLMAN
Featuring Academy Award Nominee ISABELLE HUPPERT
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Can one love one’s son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she’s built. Now the years have gone by, and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her.
Starring Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle), The Mother is a captivating and disquieting new play about a woman grasping for stability by acclaimed French writer Florian Zeller (The Father), translated by Christopher Hampton (Atonement) that will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.
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“Zeller’s writing style is comic, his themes reality and perception, fidelity and infidelity. And he often takes a construct – a mind, a marriage – and dismantles it from multiple perspectives”
— The New York Times
ISABELLE HUPPERT (Anne) is a multi-award winning screen and stage actress. Throughout her career Isabelle Huppert has worked with many French and international directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chéreau, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, the Taviani brothers, David O’Russell, Marco Ferreri, Michael Cimino, Harl Hartley, Neil Jordan, Hong Sang Soo and more. Awards won include: a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Feature Films for her work in The Lacemaker, two Venice Film Festival Best Actress Awards for Claude Chabrol’s Story of Women and The Ceremony, Venice Film Festival’s Special Jury Lion d’Or for her performance in Patrice Chéreau’s Gabrielle and for her entire body of work; two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards for Claude Chabrol’s Violette and for Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher; in France she received the César (Best Actress Award) for Claude Chabrol’s The Ceremony and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle – a film for which she also received a Gotham Award, a Golden Globe and a Spirit Award in addition to being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She received a Molière Award for her career (honoring achievements in French theater; equivalent to the Tony Awards); and the prestigious “XVI Prix Europe pour le Théâtre” in Rome. Isabelle Huppert has also pursued her theatrical career in France and internationally, including BAM (4:48 Psychosis, Quartet and Phaedra). She has acted under the direction of Bob Wilson (Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Heiner Müller’s Quartet), Peter Zadek (Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure), Claude Régy (Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis), and Howard Davies (Friedrich von Schiller’s Mary Stuart). Noteworthy productions include: Euripide’s Medea (directed by Jacques Lassalle), Hedda Gabler; A Streetcar (director Krzysztof Warlikowski’s spin on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, at the Odéon Theater and on tour throughout Europe and internationally); The Maids (directed by Benedict Andrews with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company and at New York’s City Center in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Festival); Phaedra directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski; Les Fausses Confidences (by Marivaux, directed by Luc Bondy at the Odéon Theater and on tour throughout Europe); Mary Stuart (Howard Davies) at the National Theater in London. Upcoming films include: Eva, directed by Benoit Jacquot; Claire’s Camera by Hong Sang Soo; and Mrs. Hyde, directed by Serge Bozon (Best Actress Award at Locarno Film Festival). Isabelle Huppert is an Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Legion of Honor, and an Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters. She was the President of the Jury for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
Photo by Peter Lindbergh.
FLORIAN ZELLER (Playwright) is a French novelist and playwright. Zeller won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 (Fascination of Evil) and several Molière Awards for his plays La Mère (The Mother) and Le Père (The Father). L’Autre, Le Manège, Si tu mourais, Elle t’attend, La Vérité (The Truth) and Une heure de Tranquillité were successfully produced in France and internationally. L’Envers du décor, starring Daniel Auteuil was produced in Paris in 2016. Avant de s’envoler played the same season. It will open at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2018 (The Height of the Storm) starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins directed by Jonathan Kent. His play Le Père (The Father) was nominated for Best New Play at the 2016 Olivier Awards. Kenneth Cranham won as Best Actor. It received two nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor (winner, Frank Langella). Le Père has been performed in over 35 countries. His last play, Le Fils (The Son), finishing his Family Trilogy has been produced in Paris in 2018 and will have its London premiere in Spring 2019. Christopher Hampton has translated most of Florian’s plays. His plays have received multiple international awards. Florian Zeller lives in Paris and is married to actress and sculptor Marine Delterme.
CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON (Translation)’s many screenplays include Dangerous Liaisons, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Atonement, Chéri and A Dangerous Method. He both wrote and directed Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina. His television work includes adaptations of “The History Man,” “Hôtel Du Lac” and “The Thirteenth Tale.” Prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writer’s Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia and a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hampton wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure, Appomattox and All About Eve. He has written the libretti for three Philip Glass operas and co-written three musicals including Sunset Boulevard. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Yasmina Reza (including Art And God of Carnage), Daniel Kehlmann (The Mentor, Christmas Eve) and Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother, The Truth, The Lie and The Height Of The Storm). His plays, musicals and translations have garnered four Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics’ Circle Award.
TRIP CULLMAN (Director). Broadway: Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero (Second Stage at the Hayes), John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Barrymore), Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other (Booth). Select Off Broadway: Anna Jordan’s Yen, Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock (Obie Award), Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC); Leslye Headland’s The Layover, Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire, Paul Weitz’s Lonely I’m Not, Headland’s Bachelorette, Terrence McNally’s Some Men, Adam Bock’s Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage); Headland’s Assistance, Bock’s A Small Fire (Drama Desk nomination), Bock’s The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons); Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (MTC); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theatre); Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic); Weitz’ Roulette (EST); Adam Rapp’s The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick); Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God (Century Center); Jonathan Tolins’ The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center); Gina Gionfriddo’s US Drag (stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock’s The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney’s Choir Boy (Ovation nomination), Bess Wohl’s Barcelona (Ovation nomination), Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened… (Geffen Playhouse); McCraney’s Choir Boy (NAACP and Suzi Bass awards; Alliance); Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe); Richard Greenberg’s The Injured Party (South Coast Rep); McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse); Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street); Wohl’s Touched, Michael Friedman and Daniel Goldstein’s Unknown Soldier, Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo, Feiffer’s Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (Williamstown Theater Festival).