The Heart
Réparer les vivants

Adapted, performed, and directed by Emmanuel Noblet

US Premiere
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

An international best-seller, Maylis de Kerangal’s poetic medical masterpiece The Heart is a stirring race against time adapted, performed and directed by French actor Emmanuel Noblet.

The acclaimed production, which won the 2017 Molière for Solo Performance, has been described by Le Figaro as “absolutely remarkable… breathtaking and deeply moving theater that leads us to reflect on the most important questions we can ask ourselves.”

The touching and sometimes amusing French novel, Réparer les vivants, is about 19-year-old Simon’s tragic surfing accident and his organ donation to save another’s life. Told through the voices of all the memorable characters involved, the story unfolds over the 24-hour deadline to transplant a human heart and unearths the complex wave of emotions and ethical questions that come with the miracle of modern medicine.

Don’t miss the special 300th performance of this award-winning play!

90 minutes
In French with English supertitles

  • Creative Team
    • Based on the novel by Maylis de Kerangal
      Adapted, performed and directed by Emmanuel Noblet
      With the collaboration of Benjamin Guillard

      With the voices of Maylis de Kerangal, Alix Poisson, Vincent Garanger, Benjamin Guillard, Constance Dollé, Stéphane Facco, Évelyne Pelerin, Anthony Poupard, Olivier Saladin, Hélène Viviès

      Lighting design and videography by Arno Veyrat
      Sound design by Sébastien Trouvé
      Acoustic design by Cristián Sotomayor
      Medical imagery by Pierre-Yves Litzler
      Stage management by Johan Allanic
      Executive produced by Centre Dramatique National de Normandie-Rouen, Philippe Chamaux
      Coproduction by Théâtre Montansier de Versailles

      With support from Le Préau Centre Dramatique de Normandie – Vire, ODIA Normandie, La Compagnie Comédiamuse – Espace Rotonde

  • About Emmanuel Noblet
    • Emmanuel Noblet has been an actor since 2000 working in theatre in both classical and contemporary repertory (Shakespeare, Racine, Corneille, Marivaux, Andreïev, Garcia Lorca, Durif, Lagarce). He has also worked in collective creations and with many directors, including Catherine Hiegel, directing Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme with François Morel. Noblet has acted in a number of telefilms, notably L’Affaire Villemin and the series SCALP for Canal+; and in films, including La Conquête by Xavier Durringer, La fille de nulle part by Jean-Claude Brisseau (awarded the Golden Leopard 2012) and Chic by Jérome Cornuau, with Fanny Ardant. He has also worked as a stage manager, lighting designer, artistic collaborator, and director’s assistant in both theater and film. He directed Et vivre était sublime at the Maison de la Poésie (awarded the audience prize at the OFF Avignon Festival 2015). At the request of the writer, he also staged a concert reading of Boussole by Mathias Enard, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2015. His adaptation, direction, performance of the novel Réparer les vivants by Maylis de Kerangal was awarded the 2017 Molière for Solo Performance.