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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Curtain Raised On Plans For The 2014 Avignon Festival
Olivier Py, the flamboyant actor, director and writer who has become the new Director of the Avignon Theatre Festival for the next four years, raised the curtain this week on some of his plans for the 2014 edition.
After being sacked from a successful tenure at the Théâtre de l'Odéon
in Paris in 2011, amid some controversy, Py - who is a convert to
Catholicism and openly gay - was offered the directorship in Avignon
for four years, starting in 2014. It's the first time the
post has been held by an artist since Jean Vilar, the founder of the
festival who ran it from 1947 to 1971. Click here to read more