Yasmina Reza's How You Talk the Game Hoping for Parisian Debut

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Two-time Tony Award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza is in talks to have her new play, How You Talk the Game, debut at the Comédie-Française, according to the New York Times.

Yasmina Reza
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Reza, who has earned acclaim for her plays Art and God of Carnage, has penned a new four-actor play about a French novelist named Nathalie, who reluctantly agrees upon an interview with an inquisitive reporter to promote her latest work. The character is inspired by Reza's own evasive relationship with the press.

The play, described as a "tightly wound psychological work," was born from a line from Michael Herr and Guy Peellaert's 1986 book about Las Vegas and American pop culture, "The Big Room."

The playwright is currently in conversations with Muriel Mayette, administrator of Comédie-Française, for a possible production of the play. Comédie-Française is among a handful of state-run theatres in France; founded in 1680 by Louis XIV, the respected institution was at one time named for Molière.

Reza noted that despite her international acclaim, she has yet to have one of her works staged at any of France's respected national theatres. How You Talk the Game (Comment Vous Racontez la Partie in its original French) will have to undergo approval by a committee if it is to be produced at Comédie-Française.

God of Carnage, Reza's Tony and Olivier-Award-winning black comedy, will debut at the Venice Film Festival later this summer. Roman Polanski directs the film that stars John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz.

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