"A skillful portrayal of the intangible, of unease, of secret wounds . . . [and a] comedy of almost Checkovian sensibility." --Pierre Marcabru, "Le Figaro"
About the Author
Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother?
at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist
, Tales from Hollywood
, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
, White Chameleon
and The Talking Cure
. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art
and Life x 3
). His television work includes adaptations of The History Man
and Hotel du Lac
. His screenplays include The Honorary Consul
, The Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse
, The Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent
and Imagining Argentina,
the last three of which he also directed, and A Dangerous Method
, based on his play The Talking Cure. Appomattox
was first presented on the McGuire Proscenium Stage of the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, USA, in September 2012 as the centrepiece of a major retrospective of his plays and films.
Yasmina Reza is a French playwright and novelist, based in Paris, whose works have all been multi-award-winning, critical and popular international successes. Her plays, Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life x 3, A Spanish Play
and The God of Carnage
have been produced worldwide and translated into thirty-five languages. Novels include Hammerklavier
, Une Desolation, Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d'Arther Schopenhauer, Nulle Part
and L'Aube le Soir ou la Nuit
. Film includes Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz
directed by Didier Martiny.