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Friday, November 6, 2015

In Context: Savannah Bay

Marguerite Duras' play Savannah Bay comes to BAM on November 11. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #MargueriteDuras.

Program Notes

Savannah Bay (PDF)


Marguerite Duras: Surviving—and thriving—against all odds (BAM blog)
"In every aspect of her life, Duras embodied a trés Français extremity—an obsession with eroticism, death, liquor, and life."

"Marguerite Duras at 100" (Times Literary Supplement)
Writer Dan Gunn assesses the French writer during her 2014 centenary.

Watch & Listen

"A Harsh Tale of War, But An Unforgettable Read" (NPR)
Elsewhere in Duras' oeuvre, an autobiographical tale of life in occupied Paris.

Marguerite Duras: Worn Out With A Desire to Write (YouTube)
"Just imagine. 15 and a half..." The writer discusses a childhood spent in Vietnam and more.

Now your turn...

What did you think of the show? Was this your first experience seeing something by Duras? Did her characters' remembering provoke yours? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #MargueriteDuras.


  1. It was very engrossing and provocative (in the sense of provoking thought afterwards).
    I am very pleased at how many of the BAM shows I have been to this season have been by and/or about women, the ones to come also. I don't know if it was deliberate, but I'm most appreciative. (And there have been plenty of men in the audience.)

  2. Marie Vialle (the young woman) and Geneviève Mnich (the elderly woman) gave touching performances in this beautiful, poignant play about memory, loss and love. The constant opening and closing of the heavy curtains, however, was awkward and disruptive -- even confusing. (Is it over? Oops! No, it is not!) This is such a fragile and sensitive play, I wish a lighter, less intrusive way of scene changes could have been used. Otherwise, this was a real gem. I am glad I saw it as part of my Next Wave Festival subscription.