La Dispute
A.R.T. Season
February 1, 2003 through February 22, 2003

La Dispute is an Adam-and-Eve story in the garden of lust and inconstancy, examining the genesis of love, desire, betrayal, and passion. It is about the danger and intrigue of seduction. It is choreographic, set on a contemporary battlefield, with twenty performers—ten men and ten women—dressed in fabulous clothes, going at each other with all their available wit and passion.

SYNOPSIS

Who is more unfaithful in love, men or women? The question causes heated debate at a society party, until the royal host proposes an experiment to decide the matter. Two boys and two girls were raised in isolation, and have never met anyone of the opposite sex. Now they have reached maturity, and for the first time are all released into the same garden. A man meets a woman, and instantly they fall in love. The same happens to the other couple. But when the first woman meets the second man, she soon forgets her declarations of eternal devotion. Chaos ensues, as intrigue and infidelity threaten to overwhelm the four lovers.

Gideon Lester introduces the theater of Marivaux More

Gideon Lester introduces Marivaux’s comedy Island of Slaves More

Anne Bogart and the SITI Company join the A.R.T. for La Dispute More

The Life and Times of Marivaux More

A selection from the texts and images that informed Anne Bogart's production of La Dispute, compiled by Barbara Whitney More

Gideon Lester introduces the theatre of Marivaux More

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Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Performance sponsors:

Significant Production Support provided by
Giorgio Armani
Étant-Donnée
Dan Mathieu—Max Ultimate Foods
CrossCurrents, a program of Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
Joan H. Parker & Pearl Productions    

Benjamin Evett's role in this production underwritten by
Cokie & Lee Perry

Additional support provided by
The French Embassy in the United States, Cultural Services in Boston