Help! | Ariane Mnouchkine, 2005

Martine Franck,  Théâtre du Soleil Les Petits Bourgeois, play by Maxime Gorki,
 directed by Ariane Mnouchkine,Theatre Mouffetard, 1964

Help!

Theatre, come to my rescue!
I am asleep. Wake me
I am lost in the dark, guide me,
at least towards a candle
I am lazy, shame me
I am tired, raise me up
I am indifferent, strike me
I remain indifferent, beat me up
I am afraid, encourage me
I am ignorant, teach me
I am monstrous, make me human
I am pretentious, make me die of laughter
I am cynical, take me down a peg
I am foolish, transform me
I am wicked, punish me.
I am dominating and cruel, fight against me
I am pedantic, make fun of me
I am vulgar, elevate me
I am mute, untie my tongue
I no longer dream, call me a coward or a fool
I have forgotten, throw Memory in my face
I feel old and stale, make the Child in me leap up
I am heavy, give me Music
I am sad, bring me Joy
I am deaf, make Pain shriek like a storm
I am agitated, let Wisdom rise within me
I am weak, kindle Friendship
I am blind, summon all the Lights
I am dominated by Ugliness,
bring in conquering Beauty
I have been recruited by Hatred,
unleash all the forces of Love.”

 Ariane Mnouchkine, Théâtre du Soleil

Martine Franck, Ariane Mnouchkine during the rehearsal of Le songe d'une nuit d'été. 
Création au Cirque Médrano, Théâtre du Soleil, 1968


Le Théâtre du Soleil is a Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble founded by Ariane Mnouchkine, Philippe
 Léotard and fellow students of the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in 1964.


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