“The Pacific Ocean Dam” Play performed at IDECAF Theater

Marguerite Duras (1914 - 1996)

“The Pacific Ocean Dam” is a literary work of late French woman writer Marguerite Duras. She was born in Viet Nam and lived in Indochina for a long time.

The story was about Indochina in the 1930s. A French woman tried to build a Pacific Ocean dam to improve impoverish soil and protect the soil from damage by the sea. Through the novel, Marguerite wanted to convey that one should set one’s own goals to make life more meaningful.

24 year-old director and actress Maud Andrieux, who converted the novel into a play, said that she came to Viet Nam in 2003 and some Vietnamese friends introduced the novel to her. Then she began to seek more reading, and came to be addicted to all Duras’s works.

Maud Andrieux added that at first she wanted to convert the novel into a film, but under limited circumstances, she decided to experiment it as a play first. It turns out that the play has attracted her friends and people in France and Europe.

The play is now being performed at IDECAF Theater, at 28 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, at 19h on March 22, 2006, with Vietnamese subtitle.

Source TT – Translated by Kim Khanh

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