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 set designer for both opera and theater with directors such as Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Richard Brunel, Arnaud Meunier, Pierre Maillet, David Bobée and Madeleine Louarn.

Since 2008, Marc Lainé has directed his own theatre productions. With the 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 character from the movie Psycho. He then worked on Break Your Leg!, a project based on the true story of the skaters 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 (at the 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 that same year, the band members participated in the play at the Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris.
In 2014, Marc Lainé wrote and directed Spleenorama, a richly imaginative musical play which recounts the break-up of a rock band and their subsequent reunion at the group leader’s funeral. The music was written and interpreted by Bertrand Belin. This play then toured to several cities in France, and ran for twenty-two nights at the Théâtre de la Bastille in the fall of 2014.

In 2015, Marc Lainé created Vanishing Point: les deux voyages de Suzanne W. (Vanishing Point: the two journeys of Suzanne W.), an imaginary road trip which took place 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 a six week international tour to Espace Go in Montreal. 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 us try to exhaust death with a single kiss”), a musical theatre piece based on Debussy’s last letters and his unfinished Opera. It was produced by the Aix Festival.

HUNTER premiered in November 2017 at the Scène Nationale 61 (Alençon/Flers). It was also presented in March 2018 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris.

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

Marc Lainé is currently writing his next musical theater piece Nosztalgia Express, which will premiere in 2021.

Marc Lainé’s writings are published by Actes-Sud.

Marc Lainé was recently appointed director of the Comédie de Valence, Centre Dramatique National Drôme-Ardèche, starting January 2020.
His theatre company, La Boutique Obscure, was associated with the Scène Nationale 61 (Alençon/Flers) and supported by the Normandie Region as well as by the DRAC Normandie.

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