SIMON MCBURNEY ‘The Encounter’ and  CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

On November 1, 2016 by Theater Talk Web

Simon McBurney, creator/director and star of The Encounter, discusses his engrossing and technically immersive solo show on Broadway, based on the true experience in 1969 of a National Geographic photographer, Loren McIntyre, lost in the Brazilian jungle. McIntyre became totally dependent for survival on a tribe of indigenous people there, the Mayoruna, who were in the process of fleeing the forces of civilization encroaching on their homeland in search of oil and other sources of wealth.  McIntyre, caught up in the lifestyle and beliefs of the Mayoruna, joined them in their nomadic quest to find the “beginning of time” and redemption, a story that McBurney acts out in this remarkable show.

Next, we talk to British playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton, who adapted Les Liaisons Dangereuses from the scandalous 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Like the novel, Hampton’s play became a huge and unexpected success when it premiered in 1985. Hampton is now overseeing its third Broadway production, which is about to open on Broadway with Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer.   

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