The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
an original stage adaptation
First performed at The Center at West Park, Balcony Theater, 165 W 86th St, New York NY 10024. December 15th & 16th, 2017.
Special thanks to Catherine Turocy of the New York Baroque Dance Company; Vyacheslav Komarnitsky; Harriet and Scott Kaufman; Zachary Tomlinson, Carrie Quarquesso
In 1765, Jean-Jacques Rousseau embarked on a journey of remembrance that would take him further than he expected. Already a controversial philosopher in Europe, soon to be intellectual father of the French Revolution, he decided to write a book about… himself. And this meant not only the formation of his thought from earliest childhood to the present, but the time he ate a morsel of his mistress’s soup, which she had spat out. The time all his linen was stolen by his mistress’s brother. The time he abandoned to an orphanage the five children borne to him by his mistress.
Jean-Jacques is a fascinating train-wreck. He is born as his mother dies, comes of age with shame and a criminal lie, writes the world toward civil democracy while mistreating the women he loves. And yet we love him. Why? A question for our time, if ever there was one.
To tell the shockingly immediate story of this man and artist, Bad Neighbour Theatre has created a theatrical experience that is equal parts Mystery Play, dream ballet, and family drama. Rousseau’s prose is the script. Six performers play many roles.
- Charlotte Day