- Jean-Pierre Vincent
- Performed by
- Olivia Chatain*, Gabriel Durif, Aurélie Édeline*, Vincent Garanger*, Iannis Haillet, Élizabeth Mazev, Anthony Poupard*, Alain Rimoux *Troupe permanente du Préau
A rich farmer who emerges from the shadows of the simple lifestyle that has obscured his personality for too long, George Dandin wants to “change his name, become somebody else, become someone, with the result being that he becomes even less of an affirmed individual than he was before”, explains Jean-Pierre Vincent, the author of this play, who adds that Dandin loses his identity, as would sometimes be the case for characters in plays by Molière, and that his piece relates “the descent to hell of he who believed he had reached heaven”, by enriching himself and marrying a young woman with a humble background, but the young lady rebels, leading the couple to conjugal strife. The play consists of three acts that portray the three attempts by the farmer to maintain his trajectory and rule over his household. They lead to three defeats and three humiliations which leave the audience with the impression that it would be better to laugh than cry and the realisation that not only does money not automatically lead to happiness, it can sometimes lead to blind and suicidal madness.