Théâtre du Quotidien



  • (French: theater of everyday) A style of theater popularizedin the 1970s by the Comédie de Caen and the ThéâtreNational de Strasbourg. Their productions were realistic in styleand presented ordinary, even rather boring characters faced with theproblems of contemporary day-to-day existence. The characters weremainly working class, alienated from mainstream society, and inarticulate.The first writer in the genre was Georges Michel, who presented abrutal picture of modern society in such plays as The Sunday Walk(1966) and A Little Love Nest (1970). Other important playwrightsof the Théâtre du Quotidien have included Franz XaverKroetz, who dramatized the harsh realities of peasant life in suchplays as Homework (1971) and Ghost Train (1972), MartinSperr, whose powerful and violent dramas include the much-revivedMagic Afternoon (1968), Jean-Paul Wenzel, who enjoyed successwith Far from Hagondange (1977), and Michel Deutsch, whoseConvoy (1980) deals with the failure of communication betweena French peasant woman and the young Jewish girl she shelters duringthe Occupation.