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In what The New York Times called “an unheard-of collaboration between St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Brooklyn Academy of Music,” this month the New York audience can attend a series of events celebrating the French writer Édouard Louis, who recently turned 27 years old.

On November 11th Édouard Louis will come to BAM to discuss the internationally bestselling books at the heart of this fall’s two adaptations: “History of Violence,” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and “The End of Eddy,” presented as part of BAM’s Next Wave festival. This discussion will look at the ways in which Louis’ observations of classism, homophobia, and racism in French society, also addressed in his highly acclaimed non-fiction book, Who Killed My Father, make the invisible visible on the page and onstage and confront readers and viewers with searing truths.

Talk: Édouard Louis
Co-presented by BAM and St. Ann’s Warehouse
In conjunction with The End of Eddy and History of Violence
Mon, Nov 11 at 7pm / 1hr 30min
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
$20; $10 for BAM members

BAM Fishman Space


St. Ann’s Warehouse welcomes back internationally celebrated director Thomas Ostermeier and Schaubühne Berlin for the American Premiere of their production of Édouard Louis’ stunning autobiographical memoir History of Violence. Through the fractured recall of Édouard, his sister, police, and doctors, the “brave and ambitious” (The Guardian) book reconstructs the trauma of a desire-filled encounter turned violent. For the Schaubühne production, Louis has teamed with Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer to create a layered retelling that is both devastating and funny. The work uncovers deeply rooted societal racism, homophobia, and rage unbridled, until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory. St. Ann’s Warehouse presents the American Premiere, in German with English supertitles, November 13-December 1, 2019.

Performances of History of Violence take place November 13-16, 19-23, 26 & 27, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm; November 16, 23, and 30 and December 1 at 2pm; and November 17 & 24 at 5pm.


Édouard Louis was born into poverty in working-class France. He was bullied relentlessly for being gay. And he was utterly desperate to escape. Written when he was just 21, Louis’ internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel “The End of Eddy” captures his deeply resonant coming-of-age story. Now, in this compelling and charismatic staging (introducing Oseloka Obi and James Russell-Morley), we bear witness to his affecting reflections on youth, sexuality, class, power, and freedom. This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in.