This production, hailed as an artistic triumph, La Bête dans la Jungle (The Beast
in the Jungle) by American playwright James Lord is based
on the Henry James short story of the same title. Performed
by a bi-lingual cast, it employs Margarite Duras’ French
adaptation of the James Lord dramatization of the novel.
Magical theatrical images abound in this suspenseful story
of despair, with powerful images of fire, ice, and hunting.
La Bête dans la Jungle concerns John Marcher, a neurotic
egoist obsessed with the lurking feeling that something
incredible is to happen to him. This impending fate has a
predatory quality, like "a crouching beast in the jungle."
Marcher is unable to reciprocate the love of his
long-suffering companion, May Bartram. She comes to see his
fate but is unable to make him understand it before she
dies. Marcher suddenly realizes that his terrible fate was
precisely his inability to comprehend her love for him.
The play will be performed by Jutta Johanna Weiss and Jean-Damien Barbin in French, with projected English titles.