This week, I had the chance to sit down with three members of the Actors Repertory Theatre (ART) Luxembourg to talk about the upcoming season of Luxembourg’s only professional English language theatre.
Rhona Richards, professional actress and director, greeted me at Altrimenti Centre Cultural and led me downstairs where the company is currently in rehearsal for the European premier of Daryl Lisa Fazio’s Greyhounds.
Greyhounds is the story of two women who meet at a bus stop during the night in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. A shocking discovery forces them to become allies and finally, friends. The show is full of humour, sharp wit and a seemingly unsuspected connection.
“It’s a bit Thelma and Louise, but contemporary,” says Christine Probst, who was recently nominated a for Best Actress Award at the Festival of European Anglophone Societies for her role in David Mamet’s one-act, Jolly.
The Start of ART Luxembourg
The company’s first production, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? debuted June 2013, but the idea for a professional English theatre in Luxembourg had been in the works for years before.
Erik Abbott, Founder and Artistic Director explains:
Luxembourg holds a unique position in so far as it is possibly the most linguistically and culturally diverse country in Europe, with more than 45% of the +/- 500,000 population being foreign residents, 60% of whom speak English, either as their mother-tongue or to a very high standard.
It stood to reason, then, that Luxembourg was the perfect place for this professional English theatre company.
Theatre in English: the future looks bright
Actors Rep has an exciting season ahead of them, including Donna Hoke’s Flowers in the Desert, about a divorced couple trying to reconcile, each with their own agenda.
”It’s a bit more sophisticated than most romantic comedies. I think the word is ‘dramedy’,” says Abbott.
March 2016 will bring about a collaboration with Mierscher Kulturhaus in the European première of Daniel Pinkerton’s Do You Want to Know a Secret? Set in East Berlin at the time the wall came down, it’s a story of family, politics and the delicate intertwining of the two.
Also in 2016, the company will join up with the British Embassy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with an evening of readings.
As my time with the company came to a close, we laughed and shared a few backstage stories.
”Why would any sensible person want to go onstage?” Richards joked.
I’ve never taken to the stage myself, so I didn’t have a good answer, but this group is talented and delightful and I can’t wait to see them in action.
Greyhounds will run 2 June through 6 June at 19h30 and 7 June at 14h30 at Nature Elements Am Garage Café (inside Robin Du Lac) 70 Route d’Esch, 1470 Luxembourg.
Tickets are 20 Euro and 10 Euro (students) and can be purchased by emailing ActorsRep@gmail.com.
Dinner is available after the show from Nature Elements Am Garage Café for an additional charge.
Greyhounds is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Ogier and e2advance.