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Castor and Sylvie ()

Produced by

Gailey Road Productions

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Tara Goldstein
Director: Pamela Baer


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


August 8th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015


Paris, France. 1980. After the death of her life-long writing partner and friend Jean-Paul Sartre, feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (Castor), author of The Second Sex, decides to adopt her mid-life companion Sylvie Le Bon as her daughter. When Sylvie refuses to agree to the adoption, Beauvoir must persuade Sylvie to change her mind.

Informed by biographies of Beauvoir and interviews with Le Bon, the play imagines and interprets this one moment in the women’s 26-year relationship and stages other important moments in the family life they created together long before such a family was recognized legally anywhere in the world. (


Mary Ellen MacLean Castor
Tina Sterling Sylvie

Creative Team

Tara Goldstein Playwright
Pamela Baer Director
Claire Cavanagh Production Designer
Jenny Salisbury Artistic Associate


David Rubel Saxophonist


Simone Brodie Stage Manager
Emma Smith Assistant Stage Manager
Tara Goldstein Executive Producer
Margot Huycke Producer
Emma Smith Assistant Producer