Calamity Jane, who gave up her daughter for adoption, wrote letters to her daughter all her life so that she would one day know her own history. Le Bonheur du Vent, was written by playwright Catherine Anne according to these letters. The story takes place in the harsh American West during the Gold Rush of the late 19th century, and revolves around the story of a mother giving up her child to its adoptive family.
In a puritan and male driven society, three women’s lives, that of a mother’s, her daughter’s, and the adoptive mother’s fall to pieces to be later reconstructed, thanks to a connection lost and then rediscovered - their roots - which allows them finally to survive.
And since we want to make this connection more tangible, we will give life to wood, cardboard and fabric puppets – these will become the characters of the play. The actors will lend their voice, their acting skills and emotions to the puppets, enabling us to reach beyond reality, to the everlasting memory of our origins.
2008 French Cultures Festival official event.
Stage Manager: Béatrice Schlegel
Puppets makers: Béatrice Schlegel, Régine Legras, Sylvia Paredes
Poster: Rosella Fida-Pessin
Translation: Bruce Maskell, Hermine Bénard
Surtitles: Odile Legeay
Lights and Sound: Alexandra Gaisbauer, Jaime Martinez
Photo: Thierry Danard
Video: Luc Schlumberger
Website: Pascal Ploux
Box Office: Marie-Pascale Legoullon
Sponsoring: Philippe Legoullon