On Friday, March 6, 2020, the Alliance Française in Washington D.C. will present a theatrical reading of Sortir de l’Enfer (Get Out of Hell) by Paul Eckert. 16th century France comes to light in a 21st century play that “demonstrates tolerance is the universal foundation of life.”
Michel de Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. This story, focused on Michel’s life, is about a young man whose path was altered when he met French philosopher Étienne de la Boétie, who became his friend and intellectual guide. Michel goes on to write essays praising honesty, humility and compassion, and eventually he would help bring peace to France as the country was brought to the brink of ruin during the war between Catholics and Protestants.
This special reading is hosted by the Alliance Française, a leading center for French language, French culture and francophone resources in Washington D.C. The playwright, Paul Eckert, is inspired by his diverse experiences in business, the public sector, and humanitarian initiatives.