Jonathan Taylor Productions announces Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Respectable Prostitute directed by Lisa Forrell. The production opens at The Playground Theatre on 21 May, with previews from 20 May, and runs until 6 June.

1940s America is hot, steamy, and wild. Neon signs fill the streets with light while a sinister air blows. Powerful people spread false truths for their personal ambition.

In the midst of lies, fake news, racism and other daily affronts in the southern United States, an innocent prostitute wants to tell the truth about a brutal murder while an influential senator tries to convince her otherwise.

Lisa Forrell, Director, said today, “Just as the Nazis were being uprooted from France in 1945, Sartre turned to writing about America. An America riddled with prejudice, racial hatred, corruption, lies, abuse of women and guns. This brilliantly written parable exposes the roots of America today like no other and is the most vivid, excoriating tale for our time. How much has changed in 75 years? Palpably not much at all.”

Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, philosopher, biographer and literary critic. His principal works include Nausea (1938), The Wall (1939), The Flies (1943), No Exit (1944), The Age of Reason (1945), Dirty Hands (1948), The Devil and The Good Lord (1951) and The Trojan Women (1965). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964, but refused the honour.

Lisa Forrell is a playwright and director. Her directing credits include American Justice (Arts Theatre), Waiting for Godot (Lyric Hammersmith), Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Rue MagiqueUnsuspecting SusanA Day in the Death of Joe Egg (King’s Head Theatre), Tabloid Caligula (Arcola Theatre), The Corporate Witches (The Playground Theatre), Johnson is Leaving (RSC), The Slow Drag (Trafalgar Studios), Doomsday Girl (Finborough Theatre), Time and the Room (Gate Theatre), Abundance (Riverside Studio), Suzanna Andler (Battersea Arts Centre/Theatre Royal Plymouth), Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre), Look Back in Anger (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Day You’ll Love Me (Hampstead Theatre) and My Lovely Shayna Maidel (Ambassadors Theatre). Film credits include Madame Ida and The Journey Home. Her writing credits include The 51st FloorThe Best MotivesRue Magique and Shrinks!.

This production is dedicated to the memory of Marcel Berlins.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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