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Crime of Passion
by Pierre Philippe & Astor Piazzolla

2 - 27 August 2001
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Pleasance Dome

2 - 3 September 2001
New End Theatre


This "opera for one man only" is a show exploring the psyche of a man driven to despair by alove affair. Within twelve songs and a monologue he tells of love and love lost, of the need to kill the love you feel for someone in order to be able to get on.

With an obsession with the serial killer Eugene Weidmann, the last person in France to be guillotined in public, he revels in poetic justice, often sarcastic, sometimes outrageous, fantasising on 'what if it was real? what if I was to really kill you?' But is this a fantasy, the ravings of a serial killer, or the story of someone just like one of us who suddenlly snaps... you decide.

The music, written by Astor Piazzolla, arranged hauntingly by Oliver Probst, beautifully echoes the brooding atmosphere of Pierre Phillipe's poetry with the compelling passionate pusle of Tango.


withJérôme Pradon
adaptation Alyssa Landry
directed by Vincent Vittoz
piano and arrangements Oliver Probst
choreography Sophie Tellier
production Vingt et Un Productions & New End Theatre Productions
photos Lionel Koretzky

AlyssaALYSSA LANDRY has been an American in Paris for many years. Completely bilingual, she has appeared in the French casts of NINE, LES MISERABLES and CATS. In addition to roles in THE MIKADO (Pitising) and Eurdisney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle), she played the Baroness in Offenbach's LA VIE PARISIENNE at the Bercy Stadium in Paris. She co-starred with Liliane Montevecchi in the Opéra de Lièges' Belgian production of HELLO DOLLY! In the States she has performed in THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey), BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRES (Blanche) and SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES (La Marquise). Alyssa has toured as feature soloist with the Broadway Musical Company in Japan and recently finished the French tour of C'EST PAS LA VIE (Yvonne) commissioned by the Avignon Theatre Festiva. Lyricist for various performing artists, CRIME OF PASSION is Alyssa's first full-length adaptation, an experience she looks forward to renewing in the future.

OliverOLIVER PROBST is a German who has made his home in France. Composer in a wide range of styles ranging from Oratorio, to piano sonatas, to contemporary songwriting, he is author and composer of five musicals: PALACE, TANKER, IKARUS (Altoaner Theatre, Hamburg), BUNKER (Kampnagel 6, Hamburg) and SALOMÉ (Bad Gandersheim Theatre Festival). In addition to the stage music for LEONCE AND LENA, EVERYMAN, PARCIFAL, FAUST and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, among others, he wrote the original film score to THE MEDIOCRE (starring Jurgen Vogel)à which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival. As Musical Director, he has conducted YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, WEST SIDE STORY, EATING RAOUL, EDITH PIAF, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS SWEET CHARITY, EVITA, HAIR and Paris and Hamburg productions of CATS. CRIME OF PASSION has been a wonderful opportunity to arrange a little known score by Astor Piazzolla.

VincentVINCENT VITTOZ began his career as a French actor playing Shakespeare, Pirandello, Molière, etc before turning to musical theatre. He performed in THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour) -nominated Best Musical Molière Award in 1987- BARNUM (Ringmaster), LES MISERABLES (Jean Valjean) -Best Musical 1992- THE WHITE HORSE INN (Leopold) and CARMEN (Don Jose). He wrote, directed and performed in RED SILK AVENUE before directing HELLO DOLLY! in which he played the role of Cornelius. Vincent's opera direction includes: Britten's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Fribourg Opera), Handels' XERXES and Damase's MADAME DE... (Opéra de Genève), Rossini's LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIA (Saint Céré Festival), Musset-Offenbach's FANTASIO and Bizet's DON PROCCOPIO (Opéra de Rennes), Menotti's THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF (Péniche Opéra) and Straus' DIE FLEDERMAUS (Théâtre de Castres), among others. He directed the world premiere of Nino Rota's L'ECUREUIL MALICIEUX at the Metz Opera and A RUSSIAN TRIBUTE at the Bastille Opéra (Paris). Directing Jérôme in a one-man show, especially one involving the unique world of Piazzolla/Philippe, is a thrilling challenge.

SophieSOPHIE TELLIER has danced with Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Redha (World Tour, Casino de Paris), Prince (Bercy Stadium) among others, before moving on to choreograph for French top selling pop stars Mylène Farmer (Bercy Stadium, Palais des Sports), Stefan Eicher (video), Sylvie Vartan (TV special). She is also movment coach to movie stars (Isabella Rosselini, Nathalie Baye, Emmanuelle Seigner, Richard Bohringer, et.) and commercial choreographer (Coca Cola, Bally, Uncle Ben's, etc.). As a musical theatre performer, Sophie appeared in EMILIE JOLIE (The Clock), PETER PAN (Tiger Lily) and NINE (Carla). Jérôme Savary directed her in Y A D'LA JOIE ET DE L'AMOUR (l'Amour) at the Théâtre Chaillot, and in LA PERICHOLE (Guadalena) at the Opéra Comique. As an actress, she appeared in DU VENT DANS LES BRANCHES DE SASSAFRAS by Obaldia and Shakespeare's CYMBELINE (The Queen). She provided the choreography ofr the musical PIAF, JE T'AIME at the Théâtre du Gymnase. Sophie is delighted to express her passionate love of Argentinian tango music of Astor Piazzolla with CRIME OF PASSION.

LIONEL KORETZKY is a professional still photographer who is based in Paris. He specialises in still life art photography but has made an exception to his usual style in the imaginative photography of Jérôme for the posters of CRIME OF PASSION and ROAD MOVIE.


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