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José Pliya
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José Pliya

List of works mentioned in Actes du Théâtre :
Le Complexe de Thénardier
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Actes du Théâtre N°81 March 2015

José Pliya was born in Cotonou, Benin in 1966.
After studying contemporary literature at the Sorbonne and earning a post-graduate degree in Paul Claudel’s plays, he took acting classes, staged plays, acted in independent productions, and also wrote.

In August 2003, he founded the association “ETC_Caraïbe” with the aim of promoting playwriting from the Caribbean.

In July 2005 he was named director general of Artchipel, Scène Nationale de la Guadeloupe.

As a playwright he was awarded the Prix du jeune théâtre André Roussin by the Académie Française in 2003 for Le Complexe de Thénardier and his collected works. He has written thirty plays, translated and staged on five continents by directors such as Denis Marleau (Quebec), Jean-Michel Ribes (France) and Hans Peter Cloos (Germany).

As a director he has staged his play Les Effracteurs at the Studio Théâtre in 2004 with actors from the Comédie Française, as well as Barack Obama’s A More Perfect Union speech at the Théâtre du Rond-Point (January 2009). In January 2011, he staged Mon petit poucet, for young audiences, then in January 2014, Monsieur, Blanchette et le Loup adapted from Daudet.

His latest staged production, currently on a national tour, is a theatrical adaptation of Carole Martinez’s novel Du domaine des murmures (Gallimard, Goncourt des lycéens 2011).

La sœur de Zarathoustra (L’avant- scène, coll des 4 vents) November 2008; translated into English
Miserere (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll des 4 vents) November 2008
Lettres à l’humanité (éditions Lansman) October 2008. Opened in October 2008 at the Théâtre du Lucernaire (Paris); staged by Sophie Akrich, cie Les Aimants
Quêtes (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll des 4 vents) November 2005;
Nous étions assis sur le rivage du monde... (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll. des 4 vents, January 2004), opened in May 2005 at the festival de théâtre des Amériques de Montréal; staged by Denis Marleau.
Une famille ordinaire (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll. des 4 vents, July 2002), Opened in January 2006 at the Théâtre de la Tempête; staged by Isabelle Ronayette.
Parabole (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll. des 4 vents, April 2003), staged by Noël Jovignot TOMA, July 2004
Le complexe de Thénardier (L’avant-Scène Théâtre, coll. des 4 vents, December 2001). Opened in September 2008 at the festival de Limoges staged by Denis Marleau, opened in November 2002 at the Théâtre du Rond-Point staged by Jean-Michel Ribes
Le masque de Sika (éditions ACORIA, May 2001), staged by Jean-François Prévand in Roubaix in October 2000
Negrerrances, éditions L’Harmattan, May 1997; staged in Cameroun (1998), Benin (2000) and Martinique (2000) by CMAC, Scène Nationale
Mon petit Poucet, staged at Théâtre Varia February 2010
De la race en Amérique de Barack Obama, opened at the Théâtre du Rond-Point January 20, 2009 (international tour: 200 dates).
Les Effracteurs (L’avant-scène Théâtre, coll. des 4 vents), January 2004, opened January 29 – March 14, 2004 at the Studio-Théâtre de la Comédie Française, staged by the playwright.

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