Levine: the spectre of anguish, irrelevance, remoteness hangs over our efforts to make political theatre. The life and thought of Simone Weil echoes this dilemma.
SW: born in 1909, died in 1943. Politicized at an early age. Intellectual prodigy. Anorexic or martyr, depending on your interpretation. Teaching Plato to factory workers – working on the Renault assembly line. Despite being a pacifist, she volunteers to fight in the Spanish Civil War. A series of mystical experiences move her thinking deeply toward religious concerns.
Venice Saved written in 3 days while she and her family fled the Nazi occupation of Paris. Weil dies of tuberculosis in London, her condition fatally exacerbated by a refusal to eat in sympathy with those suffering in France.