In 1954, at age 18, Françoise Sagan published her first book, “Bonjour Tristesse” (Hello Sorrow) which was an immediate sensation. Her first play, “Château en Suède” (Castle in Sweden), opened in 1960 on Paris’ famous right bank. As witty and hilarious as the beloved farces of Feydeau, Sagan’s zany farce features the escapades of the free-wheeling Falsen family shut up for a snowy winter in a remote Scandinavian castle.
Sagan’s novels and plays create worlds of fantasy with imaginative, liberated characters and whimsical plots that free audiences for a moment from strict societal boundaries.
As a writer and playwright, Sagan brings a poignant alternative viewpoint by stretching the boundaries for her female characters. Her representation of women disrupts conventions that reinforce women’s limits and presents them as autonomous individuals able to take charge of their own destinies.
Her heroines Cécile in “Hello Sorrow”, Eleanor in “Castle in Sweden” and others manage to control their lives by sticking to their private values and relying on themselves to establish their own rules while never losing their sense of humor.
Join us at the nutty Castle in Sweden for some frolicking fun with a cast of characters who break all the rules.
“Castle in Sweden”
by Françoise Sagan,
translated by Elaine Molinaro