French actor, director, poet Pierre Chabert to read at Literary House, October 13 Acclaimed French actor, director and poet Pierre Chabert will give a public reading of French poetry on Monday, October 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Washington College's O'Neill Literary House. All are invited.
Chabert was a friend of Samuel Beckett for more than 20 years and was directed by Beckett in Robert Pinget's “Hypothesis (L'Hypothèse)” and “Krapp's Last Tape (La Dernière bande).” Beckett also advised him when he played the character of Hamm in “End Game” in Paris in 1981. Since 1983, Chabert has directed several shows, including Beckett's last plays and theatrical adaptations of his novels. In addition, Chabert has re-directed most of Beckett's shows in English with the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Barbican in London. He also has performed “Krapp's Last Tape” at various venues around the world and toured extensively, presenting lectures, readings and workshops.
Before he became a director in the 1980s, Chabert was an actor in the prestigious Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud Company, where he performed plays in classic and modern repertories. Currently, he serves as associate director of the research group on the aesthetic of contemporary arts of the CNRS (National Center on Scientific Research) and has written numerous articles on contemporary theatre as well as on his work as a director.
The event is sponsored by the College's Sophie Kerr Committee and French Club.