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by Lisa Cheng
English Speaking Paris

“The Creation of the World and Other Business”

Four Corners Company presents Arthur Miller’s “The Creation of the World and Other Business” this month at the Théâtre Les Déchargeurs. According to its director Adrian McDonald, the play — an interpretation of the Genesis depicting “the original” family — is about “individual responsibility” and “the power of love.”
“The Creation of the World and Other Business” is the first major production of Four Corners, which was formed last August “in the spirit of a multicultural collaboration on English-language theater,” explains McDonald. It stars Richard Gofton as “God,” Seiichi Shiomi as “Lucifer,” Alan Johnson as “Adam,” Shelly De Vito as “Eve,” Johnny Sly as “Cane” and Anthonios Roussohadzakis as “Abel.” Altogether, 18 performances are scheduled from May 2 to May 21. Tue-Sat 8:30pm, Sun 6:30pm, Théâtre Les Déchargeurs, rue des Déchargeurs, 1er, Mº Châtelet, ticket reservations: A.C.F


Junior Guild Rummage Sale Clothing, toys, and household items.
May 12 & 13, 10am to 4pm, the American Cathedral in Paris, 23, av George V, 8e, Mº George V/Alma Marceau, tel:

Author Deepak Chopra speaks on perfect health, abundance and synchro-destiny in a Center for Awareness and Action-sponsored seminar entitled “Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desires.”
May 13 & 14 at the Palais de Congrès, Mº Porte Maillot. Also hosted by the Center: a workshop to “Recreate your Career.” Registration:

L’Académie Américaine de Danse à Paris, a non-profit children’s ballet company, seeks an experienced bilingual corporate fundraiser for the 2000-2001 season. Info: or

Improve leadership and communications skills with Toastmasters 75. Next meetings
May 11 & 25, dinner 7pm, meeting 8pm, Le Moulin à Café, 22, rue Caumartin, 9e, Mº Opéra, Madeleine. Info: or

The American Library’s 80th anniversary gala takes place at the Musée Jacquemart-Andrée. Cocktails and a museum visit will be followed by a buffet dinner and dance.
May 19. To receive an invitation call Anne Lechartier at

The American Women’s Group hosts its 10th Annual Wine and Spirits Auction organized under the auspices of Christie’s France SA and the Wine Department of Christie’s London. Appetizers and cocktails precede a silent auction and tombola raffle.
May 20, 7pm, Hôtel Royal Monceau, 37, av Hoche, 8e, 250F, tel:

Eighth Annual American Cathedral Fine Arts Show Painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography.
May 27, 7-9pm, May 28 1-6pm, May 29 6-10pm, The American Cathedral, 23, av George V, 8e, info:

Conferences, readings and dégustations at the “5e Journée des Langues et Cultures Anglophones,” sponsored by the Nouveau Quartier Latin and Eurocentres.
May 27, 10am to 7pm, 13, passage Dauphine, 6e, Mº Odéon, free admission by invitation, info:

The Association of American Residents Overseas Wine Tasting Party Taste wines from various French regions with expert Robert Barton-Clegg.
May 30, 7pm, 250F. For reservations call or


Discussion around the theme of “Business Ethics: Myth or Reality” at the Café Philosophique. Led by Gale Prawda, PhD. May 21, 6pm, Les 7 Lézards, 10, rue des Rosiers, 4e, Mº St-Paul, 30F/20F, tel:

Philosophize about “Private Life/Public Life” in a Philosophical Dinner animated by Gale Prawda.
May 23, 7:30pm, Canard d’Avril, 5, rue Lelong, 2e, Mº Bourse/Sentier, 225F/200F, tel:

Paris Connections Soirée Dinner Join hip Parisians and anglophones for Sunday nite dinner, program and discussion. Speakers, guests of honor, plus Asian/European inspired world cuisine by Chef Christoph Kim.
Every Sunday at 8pm. Reservations:

Metaphysical Café A meeting of minds to discuss spiritual topics during an English-hosted rencontre by Jane Grey, PhD. Proceeds go to the UNICEF. For location and date, call


Celebrating 20 years of English-language theater in the western suburbs, the International Players present the original musical “20th Century House”, directed by Graham Bushnell. May 4-7, Thu-Sun, 8:30pm, Sat 2:30/8:30pm, Théâtre de Villepreux, av de Flomes, 78450 Villepreux, 90F/50F, tel:

Jeff Green Two nights of disarming observational wit from one of England’s most popular and irreverant stand-ups.
May 7-8, 8:30pm, Hôtel du Nord, 102, quai de Jemmapes, 10e, 100F/80F, reservations:

Bruce Morton The star of the “SIN” TV series and one of the UK’s finest narrative comedians. May 21-23, 8:30pm, Hôtel du Nord, 102, quai de Jemmapes, 10e, 100F/80F, reservations:

Cruelly evicted from their graves, two lost souls become “Les gardiens des arrosoirs” in this bilingual show presented by the company Kipro-Co. May 17-27, Wed-Sat 9pm, Sun 3:30pm, Théâtre des Songes, 157, rue de Pelleport, 20e, Mº Pelleport, tel:

The exuberant, feel good musical that rocked the Vietnam-era, “Godspell,” based on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, with original music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is performed by the Paris Festival Theater Company under the direction of Chris Benson, with musical direction by John Dawkins.
May 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30pm, The American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, Mº Invalides/Pont d’Alma, 130F/70F, tel:

Descend into the dark world of comedy with Dubliner Michael Redmond.
May 30 & 31 and June 1, 8:30pm, Hôtel du Nord, 102, quai de Jemmapes, 10e, Mº République, reservations:


American students of Marie-Madeleine Duruflé will participate in a concert/conference to celebrate her life, teachings and compositions. May 8, 4:30pm, The American Cathedral, 23, av Georges V, 8e, Mº Georges V/Alma Marceau, 75F donation, info:

Classical repertoire performed in a free concert by the Miami Collegiate Chorus, directed by William Bausano.
May 11, 8:30pm, Eglise St-Séverin, rue des Prêtres de St-Séverin, 5e, Mº St-Michel.

The Paris Choral Society performs Medelssohn’s “Saint Paul” with orchestra and soloists directed by Edward Tipton.
May 14 at 5pm and May 15 at 8:30pm, The American Cathedral, 23, av George V, 8e, Mº George V/Alma Marceau, tickets 75F at FNAC, Virgin or at the door one hour before the performance.

Virginia Glee Club 50 singers under the direction of Bruce Tammen.
May 26, 8:30pm, Eglise St-Séverin, rue des Prêtres de St-Séverin, 5e, Mº St-Michel.

Irish band Shantalla Raw pulsating energy and musical force drawing comparison with the legendary Bothy band. May 27, 8:30pm, La Maroquinerie, 23, rue Boyer, 20e, Mº Gambetta, tickets 80F at the Virgin or FNAC,, more info


Irish photographer Gerard Jefferson-Lewis hits the Paris art scene with his first exhibition “Outside.” Until May 10, the Virgin Café, Virgin Megastore, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8e.

Parsons School of Design’s end-of-year student show. See what’s new with young creators.
May 18, 6-8pm, 14, rue Letellier, 15e.

American women artists Mary Smith, Royston Ecroyd and Murray Simpson exhibit their work at the international art space Musée-atelier ADZAK.
May 20 to June 1, 3, rue Jonquoy, 14e, tel:


Are negative feelings from the past affecting your life? If so, ACA (Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families), a 12-step group, may help you. Meetings on Fridays 7-8:30pm at the Eglise Réformée du Saint Esprit, 5, rue Roquépine, 8e, Mº St-Augustin.

The Cancer Support Group, sponsored by the Junior Service League of Paris, has three groups, one in French and two in English. One English-speaking group is for individuals dealing with a new diagnosis, treatment and its aftermath. The second group is a therapy group. All groups are run by trained facilitators, infoline: Additional weekly meetings are open to patients and their relatives. (English support group:, French group:

Alcoholics Anonymous English-speaking meetings in Paris every day, tel:

FACTS (Free AIDS Counseling, Treatment and Support) holds free group sessions for women who are HIV+ or diagnosed with hepatitis. Infoline:

Nicotine Anonyme Every Wed, 7-8pm, The American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, Mº Invalides, tel:

Overeaters Anonymous Compulsive overeating, under-eating or dieting... binge-starve cycles, bulimia and anorexia. English-speaking meetings on Saturdays, 11am to 12:30pm, The American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, Mº Invalides, as well as in the Saint-Lucien room on the 2nd floor of the Eglise St-Germain l’Auxerrois, on Sundays, 6-7:30pm.

SOS Help. English-speaking crisis line. Call:

Message, a support group for Anglophone mothers or mothers-to-be, offers area meetings, pre-school groups, counseling sessions and classes. Contact Sallie Chaballier on during office hours, or e-mail

Bruce Morton

Kristen Imig, photograph