Artaud le Momo
Panas, Alexander (American playwright, 19__-____), “Artaud le Momo,”
a __-minute nonrealistic drama set in a room in the Asylum at Rodez, Capital of Aveyron, France, ____,
© 19__ by Alexander Panas;
• in Alexander Panas’s Artaud le Momo (Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.: Aran Press,____);
• script/rights available from Aran Press, 1036 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, U.S.A., phone: 502-568-6622, fax: 502-561-1124, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; the Aran Press Website, http://www.aye.net/~aranpres/index.html, July 6, 1997, says,
Antonin Artaud (m), French actor, poet, and drama critic; doctor (m); nurse (f); ________ (m).
• “Devotees of surrealism and the germinal theatre figure Antonin Artaud [1896-1948] will find this a fascinating drama. But it also has a universal appeal. [‘Artaud le Momo’] focuses on patient Artaud’s relationship with his doctor and nurse. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest the nurse is the villain, but in Mr. Panas’ play the nurse becomes an Earth Mother, a healing Sorceress, redeeming Artaud from his misery. Violence and humor conflict, as the images of the great poet’s life float through his brain: his old loves, his mother, the Theatre, the myths that echo like drums.”
• “Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud was born in Marseille on September 4th, 1896. He died in Paris in 1948. Antonin is a diminutive form of Antoine (little Anthony), and was among a long list of names which Artaud went by throughout his life. Artaud's parents were partly Levantine-Greek, and he was much affected by this background. Although his mother had many children, only Antoine, his brother and his sister survived infancy. At the age of four, Antonin had a severe attack of meningitis. The virus gave Antonin a nervous, irritable temperament throughout adolescence. He also suffered from neuralgia, stammering and severe bouts of depression. As a teenager, he was stabbed in the back by a pimp for apparently no reason, which was similar to the experience of his fellow surrealist playwright Samuel Beckett. Artaud's parents arranged a long series of sanatorium stays for their disruptive son, which were both prolonged and expensive. They lasted five years, with a break of two months, June and July 1916, when Artaud was conscripted into the army. He was discharged due to his self-induced habit of sleepwalking. During Artaud's "rest cures" at the sanatorium he read Rimbaud, Baudelaire and Poe. In May 1919 the director of the sanatorium, Dr. Dardel, prescribed opium for Artaud, precipitating a lifelong addiction to that and other drugs. In March 1920 Artaud moved to Paris. At the age of 27, Artaud sent some of his surrealist poems to a Parisian magazine; they were rejected, but the editor wrote back seeking to understand him, and a relationship in letters was born; the poems and letters are Artaud's first published work, and gave him an opportunity to expound and clarify his emerging theories of reality and the theatre. In November 1926 Artaud was expelled from the surrealist movement and also wrote his manifesto titled Manifesto for an Abortive Theatre.”—Antonin Artaud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonin_Artaud, accessed July 19, 2006.
Artaud (Antonin Artaud, 1896-1948), asylum, biography, son-mother relationship, surrealism, theatre.