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Born in Grasse in 1965, Olivier Py moved to Paris after graduating high school. After his khâgne at the lycée Fénelon, he joined the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique in 1987 and began studying theology. The following year, he directed his first play, Des Oranges et des Ongles (Of Oranges and Nails), and founded the company L'inconvénient des boutures. In 1995, he made a splash at the Festival d'Avignon with his direction of his own text La Servante (The Servant), a cycle of plays lasting twenty-four hours. In 1997, he was appointed director of the Centre dramatique national in Orléans, which he left in 2007 to become director of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe. In 2013, he became the first theatre director to be named director of the Festival d'Avignon since Jean Vilar. Director for the theatre and the opera, dramatist, film director, but also actor and poet, Olivier Py is a prolific author. His political engagement has translated into adaptations of plays in which politics take centre stage: Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and The Persians, Shakespeare's King Lear, or his own texts, such as Orlanda, or, the Impatience or Die Sonne... Since Le Cahier noir (The Black Notebook), a novel written when he was 17 (published in 2015), he has written countless texts in various genres: plays, young adult books, essays, prefaces, translations, scenarios... With The Parisians (2016), the director adapts one of his own novels for the stage for the second time, after Hacia la alegria in 2015.
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