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Based on James Baldwin’s novella Giovanni’s Room, Acts of Deceit is a shattering story of deceit and betrayal. David is a young American living in Paris during the 1950s. Like many young Americans he has stayed in Paris for too long while he figures out his future and runs away from his past.
While his fiancée Hella, also American, is away in Spain considering his marriage proposal, David meets up with an old acquaintance, Jacques, from whom he hopes to borrow some money. They meet in a well-frequented gay bar in the Marais quarter, where David begins a conversation with a west-African bar tender named Ku-Jean. Their friendship quickly blossoms into a lustful affair, much to Jacques amusement and jealousy.
But the affair leaves David feeling isolated, trapped and tormented and when Hella returns to Paris David cruelly abandons Ku-Jean leading to devastating events that will affect the lives of all the characters, including Sue, another young American disillusioned by the romantic allure of the city.
A bleak and poetic romantic tragedy the play is an examination of the torments that accompany the denial of self.
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