Castor Mary Ellen MacLean Sylvie Tina Sterling Playwright Tara Goldstein Director Pam Baer Graphic Designer Lisa Rupchand Set and Costume Design Clare Cavanagh Stage Manager Simone Brodie Artistic Associate Jenny Salisbury
Produced by Gailey Road Productions Executive Producer: Tara Goldstein Producer: Margot Huycke Assistant Producer: Emma Smith
“Commitment is an act, not a word”. Jean-Paul Sartre 1971
Paris, France. 1980. After the death of her life-long writing partner and friend Jean-Paul Sartre, feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (Castor), author of The Second Sex, decides to adopt her mid-life companion Sylvie Le Bon as her daughter. When Sylvie refuses to agree to the adoption, Beauvoir must persuade Sylvie to change her mind.
Informed by biographies of Beauvoir and interviews with Le Bon, the play imagines and interprets this one moment in the women’s 26-year relationship and stages other important moments in the family life they created together long before such a family was recognized legally anywhere in the world.
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