415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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Needles and Opium

Closed April 23, 2017

Rebirth Of The Cool

Toronto Star

Why See Needles and Opium?

Robert Lepage returns with his celebrated show!

French Canadian playwright and actor returns to the stage with his acclaimed one-man show that explores the links between drugs and the creative process. 20 years after its first production, Robert LaPage's hypnotic show presents an eerie and introspective series of vignettes through the eyes of some of our most artistic figures, namely Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis, using new scenery, props and original images to revamp it for the 21st century. Needles and Opium is on on tour during 2017, hitting A.C.T Geary Theatre in San Francisco, CA, Closed April 23, 2017

Taking us back to one fateful night in 1949, two famous figures cross midair on their respective plane journeys; Jean Cocteau going back to France, whilst writing his famed Lettre aux Americains following his presentation of his most recent feature film L'Aigle a deux tetes. Meanwhile, Miles Davis heads to Paris for his first time, bringing bebop with him to the ecstatic Parisian jazz fans. Time moves forward 40 years to Paris' Hotel La Louisiane where a lonely Quebecois is struggling to forget his emotional torment from a former lover, which are reminiscent of Cocteau's opium addiction and Davis' on heroin. Beginning his own drying out period from love, this brings on a hallucinatory sequence that blends the two artists' work together to make sense of getting over loss.

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Opening night: 30 March 2017


Suitable for ages 15+ due to drug references

Run time

105 minutes, no intermission

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