Marc Lainé

Marc Lainé / La Boutique Obscure

Marc Lainé was born in 1976. In 2000, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and later worked as a scenographer with directors such as Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Richard Brunel, Arnaud Meunier, Pierre Maillet, David Bobée and Madeleine Louarn.

Since 2008, Marc Lainé directs his own theatre productions.
With British author Mike Kenny, he created La Nuit Electrique (“Electric Night”), nominated for the Molières Awards in 2009, as well as Un Rêve Féroce (“A Ferocious Dream”), which was presented in December 2009 at the Théâtre du Rond Point, Paris.
In 2010, he began working on a series of shows about “pop culture” figures. First, Norman Bates est-il? (“Is Norman Bates ?”), a pirandellian variation on the famous Psycho character. He then worked on Break Your Leg!, a project based on the true story of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. This play was performed at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in January 2012. Later, he directed Just For One Day!, where a group of amateur actors of all ages imagined their own superheroes (CDDB-Théâtre de Lorient).
Memories from the Missing Room, a dark musical story created in 2012, was inspired by the album The Missing Room by the folk-rock band Moriarty. During the fall of the same year, the band members participated in the play at the Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris.
In 2014, Marc wrote and directed Spleenorama, a richly imaginative musical play which tells the break-up of a rock band and their reunion at the group leader’s funeral. The music was written and interpreted by Bertrand Belin. This play then toured in several cities in France, and ran for twenty-two nights at the Théâtre de la Bastille in the fall of 2014.
The year after, Marc Lainé created Vanishing Point: les deux voyages de Suzanne W., an imaginary road trip in Canada’s Far North, with the renewed musical collaboration of Moriarty. It was performed at the Théâtre National de Chaillot for an eighteen night run before going on an “international tour” at Espace Go in Montreal for one and a half month. The show won two French Critics’ Choice awards and ran for three consecutive years.
In February 2016, Marc Lainé directed “Et tâchons d’épuiser la mort dans un baiser” (“Let’s try to exhaust death in a single kiss”), a musical theatre piece based on Debussy’s last letters and his unfinished Opera. It was produced by the Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence.
HUNTER premiered in November 2017 at the Scène Nationale 61 (Alençon/Flers). It was presented in march 2018 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.

2019 was marked by the creation of two new shows : Construire un feu, adapted from Jack London’s short story “To build a fire”, a project initiated by Eric Ruf and performed at La Comédie-Française in Paris; and La chambre désaccordée, a musical theatre piece for young audiences.

Marc Lainé’s texts are published by Actes-Sud.
His theatre company, “La Boutique Obscure”, is currently associated to the Scène Nationale 61 (Alençon/Flers) and supported by the Region Normandie as well as the DRAC Normandie.

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