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La Maison du Loup, meeting Jack London by Benoit Soles at the Rive Gauche theater Paris 14th

The Wolf House
The Wolf House

Desire: contemporary theater, literature

Location: Théâtre Rive Gauche, Paris 14th

Start date: September 14, 2023

End date: March 31, 2024

Duration: 1h30


After The Turing Machine (4 Molières 2019), the new creation by Benoit Solès.

Enter The Wolf House, the lair of the legendary American writer, Jack London!

There you will meet his partner, Charmian, and the mysterious Ed, bearer of a dark secret.

In a superb setting, you will see these three wild animals sniffing each other, tearing each other apart, then reconciling.

It will be about love, ideals, revolt, survival instinct and the creative spark...

A journey at the end of which you will know how a novel changed American society!




During confinement, while we were all locked up, I felt a desire to escape, to travel. So, I reread Jules Verne, Stevenson, Kerouac and of course... Jack London! While rereading his Martin Eden, I discovered the existence of another novel, his latest masterpiece: The Wanderer of the Stars. This book tells the story of a prisoner who finds himself “confined to solitary confinement” in a cell measuring two by three meters. The opposite of travel, in a way. To escape the torture of the straitjacket, a common practice at the time, his cell neighbor taught him (by communicating in Morse code) a self-hypnosis technique allowing him to "leave his body", to undertake a real mental journey , an “astral journey”… the height of the journey, ultimately!
There, I discovered that this prisoner had really existed. His name was Ed Morrell. And it was therefore he who directly inspired Jack London! From then on, I wanted to imagine their meeting, orchestrated by Jack's wife, Charmian... If The Wanderer of the Stars celebrates "the superiority of the mind over the body", The House of the Wolf addresses many other subjects timeless: inspiration, the return to nature, addiction to alcohol, the treatment inflicted on animals, the place of women in society, police violence, the death penalty... And the torture suffered by Ed reminds us of George Floyd's desperate plea. Jack London was a committed writer, an intrepid adventurer, an explorer of the human soul. Let’s go meet him! Because ultimately, the common objective, for its characters, for the reader, or for the spectator, is it not... escape?
Benoit SOLÈS

A step aside: who is Benoit Solès?

Benoît Solès, born October 18, 1973 in Paris, is part of the constellation of multidisciplinary talents in the French artistic world. Coming from the prestigious schools of the Cours Florent and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris, he has modeled his art with the finesse of an artisan who sculpts from the raw material of emotion.

His career began with graceful steps on the stage, where his acting captivated the attention of discerning spectators. The spotlight then turned to him as an author and director, revealing an artistic vision that was both daring and refined.

The high point of his creative trajectory was undoubtedly "The Turing Machine", a theatrical piece which reveals the intricacies of the life of Alan Turing, an eminent British mathematician and cryptologist. Created in 2018, this masterful work was praised by critics and the public, garnering a shower of distinctions, including the prestigious Molières of 2019. Benoît Solès, as author and performer, captured the poignant and intellectual essence of Turing, thus raising his work to the top of contemporary theatrical creations.

Beyond the limelight, Solès has successfully ventured into other artistic spheres, from the cinema scene to television. His pen, both sagacious and sensitive, traces narrative paths that resonate with the pulsations of the human condition.

Benoît Solès thus embodies the quintessence of the complete artist, mastering the art of acting, creation and staging, while capturing the very essence of the emotions that populate the soul of his audience. His rich and diverse career has undeniably left his mark on the contemporary French art scene.



Desire: contemporary theater, literature

Location: Théâtre Rive Gauche, Paris 14th

Start date: September 14, 2023

End date: March 31, 2024

Duration: 1h30

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