Un Piano Dans l'Herbe
(A piano on the Grass)
by Françoise Sagan
Adapted and directed by Yourii Datchev
Set & Costume Designer: Radina Bliznakova
Music by Asen Avramov
EMANUELA SHKODREVA, VELISLAV PAVLOV, HRISTO CHESHMEDZHIEV, VYARA TABAKOVA,
VICTORIA KOLEVA, EVA DANAILOVA, NENCHO KOSTOV, HRISTO TERZIEV
I do not remember when I took a liking for Sagan’s writings. In the years of my growing as a reader, she was already a ‘star of my daddy’s day’. Her novels felt weepy, somewhat trite and indistinguishable from one other. But never boring, no! I was at a loss, though, as to what was scandalous about Bonjour Tristesse (Hello Sadness), much more interesting seemed to be what I happened to know about Sagan’s lifestyle: drugs, gambling, fast cars, outrageous love affairs with men and women alike, altercations at Cannes, when she was Jury President… On the few photos of her in the then Bulgarian press, a more and more aging women was seen, looking uncertainly, vaguely reminiscent of a tired bird…
I gradually began to fathom how valiant was Sagan the writer. She spoke about love simply and unexpectedly, as only this feeling would; about sex, forthrightly, with no frills; about separation, tearlessly, but unremorsefully ‘observing’ the love wounds. Her best days of a writer may have long gone; still, Sagan is of the authors, who will be there for us when we face our failures, the cooling summer and loneliness that come after.
I do not remember when I took a liking for Sagan’s writings, but I knew why: because of her knack of leading us into the art of greeting sadness. And smilingly too. Almost.
Translated by Svetlana Pancheva
Assistant director: Meglena Dimitrova
Photographer: Bozhidar Markov
Poster & Leaflet Designer: Yanina Petrova
Premieres on 15, 16 October 2021.
Unsuitable for 14s and under.