By the time you receive issue n°17,
the brand new, redesigned Entr'Actes website will
be accessible -in French and English- at the same
Many thanks to the Communications Department and the
International Promotion and Licensing Division for
their help in creating it.
You can access many different areas on the site, starting
with the ''Playwright Database'' section featuring
presentations of all the plays mentioned in Actes
du Théâtre since its creation in
1995 -a total of 370 plays and 350 playwrights including
photos. Searches can be made by name, title, number
of characters, etc.
At ''New Plays in Print'', another section, you'll
find a list of theatrical publishing houses -about
thirty of them- with their websites and the names
of the plays by contemporary French-language playwrights,
or books involving the theatre, published during the
six months covered in the review.
Under ''In the Spotlight'', you'll see which contemporary
playwrights are on the boards during the 2003-2004
season, the names of the plays, where they are being
staged in France, and links to the theatres' websites.
I have no desire to launch a nationwide version of
L'Officiel des Spectacles or Pariscope,
but I feel it's important to venture out of the capital
whenever possible. Therefore, the programming is listed
for the theatre season in Paris, the Greater Paris
area, and the rest of France.
''Translation Database'', another section, lists existing
translations of contemporary Francophone plays in
various languages, for the purposes of more effective
promotion. The data is not yet accessible on the website
due to the complex legal and technical issues involved
-with over 9000 translations registered since Entr'Actes
started it in 1997! Stay tuned
It's only a click away from Entr'Actes' website to
the SACD's (www.sacd.fr),
where you can access all kinds of information involving
current cultural goings-on. For instance, our friends
abroad can find out about the various debates and
movements concerning the status of the intermittents
du spectacle which have stirred up the performing
arts world since issue n°16 of Actes du Théâtre.
The level of involvement was extraordinary, forcing
some festivals to be cancelled. In Avignon, before
any exchange of ideas was possible, we had to explain
and define the ''basic vocabulary'' to all non-French-speakers,
starting with the word intermittent itself, which
has no exact equivalent.
Now back to the playwrights. Nicole Vulser wrote an
article in Le Monde, dated 16 October 2003,
entitled ''Playwrights, the forgotten victims of the
conflict'' in which she highlighted the fact that
playwrights are not entitled to the benefits of the
intermittent system and are rarely taken into account
in the cultural economy. If their work isn't staged,
they earn no royalties, nor any kind of compensation.
Debating these crucial issues and ensuring respect
for authors' rights is a top priority for today's
Director of Entr'Actes
Editor-in-chief of Actes du Théâtre