belgian director at work – 10/28

If you are interested in friendships between women, the way in which they deify doctors and medicine, have questions about where sanity and calm might lie in your own lives and want a good laugh……this is for you!  Théâtre du Rêve invites you to its Open Rehearsal of its new play Celles d’en Haut/The Women from on High directed by Olivier Coyette, Artistic Director of Théâtre de Poche (Brussels) on Tuesday October 28th at 7 pm.

Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and film stills by Cindy Sherman, it is a hilarious and colorful play set in an “establishment” on an isolated mountaintop. Using shrewd humor, the play questions human choices and explores numerous themes: sickness, the power of medication (and our quickness to succumb blindly to that power), and the deification of doctors.  It also investigates how institutions might become beneficial and restorative islands, set apart from the deafening din of the world. Complete with videography by award-winning projection designer Mike Tutaj.

You will be able to explore behind the scenes, mingle and dialogue with the artists – and our compatriot Olivier – during a wine reception after the performance.


  • When: Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm (“performance” lasts 1 hour)
  • Where: 7 Stages Theater in Little 5 Points | 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • Parking: Located in a secure, well-lit, privately run lot behind 7 Stages. The entrance to the lot is located between Ardens Garden Juice Shop and Outback Bicycles. Park-It charges a flat fee of $2 – $7 for a full day of parking, depending on the day. Also metered street parking and free street parking.
  • Entry: $10 suggested donation includes performance, wine, beer, nibbles and chat with the artist
  • Reservation is encouraged but not mandatoryEmail or call (404) 875-3829.
  • Kids ages 12 and up welcome
  • Language: English with French scattered throughout

Olivier Frederic Coyette (Director) was born in Brussels on February 9, 1975.   He was recently named Artistic Director of Théâtre de Pôche in Brussels, Belgium.  After two Masters degrees in Anthropology and Literature in Belgium, he received a third in Theater Studies at the University of Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle. He also received a diploma in “Arts de la Parole” from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and is currently “agrégé de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur”. Actor, director, playwright and teacher, he works in Belgium, France, Africa and America. He is currently directing Désordre public, by Evelyne de la Chenelière, at Le Public Theater in Brussels and will direct his own play Histoire de l’homme qui était rentré en Porsche dans le magasin de photocopies. He is also slated to direct at the Atelier 210 of Brussels, Invasion!, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, at the Theatre de Poche of Brussels, Les limites du trac by Olivier Coyette, at Le Méridien Theater of Brussels. As an actor, he will appear in Les guêpes du Panama by Zygmunt Bauman, directed Thierry Bédard, at L’Echangeur, Theater of Bagnolet (Paris). He teaches drama studies at University of Ouagadougou. An anthology of his plays “Theater 1999-2011” is to be published at Le Cri Editions (Brussels). Celles d’en haut is his fourth work in collaboration with TdR, after The Vanished/L’Evanouie, Voir un ami pleurer, and also the staged-reading of Stay with me/Reste avec moi.

PHASE 1 of the Celles d'en Haut process in Atlanta with from left to right  Olivier Coyette (Bruxelles), Park Krausen (Atlanta), Andree Tremblay (Quebec Delegation), Olivier Kemeid (Montreal), Benoit Standaerdt (Formal Consul General of Belgium)

PHASE 1 of the Celles d’en Haut process in Atlanta with from left to right Olivier Coyette (Bruxelles), Park Krausen (Atlanta), A. Tremblay (Quebec Delegation), O. Kemeid (Montreal), Benoit Standaerdt (Former Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta)