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Dorphe in hell Orléans 69
Creation 2023
Theater for all audiences from 13 years old

From time immemorial, the rumor


The rumor travels through space and time. Other terrible rumors have upset their time and come down to us. Remember the witches of Salem. In 1692-1693, in Massachusetts, three young girls are accused of witchcraftand defend themselves by in turn accusing other women. The case will end tragically, with the hanging of twenty people.

Today, we no longer count the fake news, infox, intox... which clutter social networks and rot the space for debate.


How does it come about that rumor has so much power over people?

How to explain this attraction for the irrational?


As we can see, reason has no hold on rumors and it is a real dizziness that grips us all, some imagining being the toy of conspiratorial forces, others seeing the success of the most absurd theories.


The Orleans rumor, an anti-Semitic rumor

"Who hasn't heard of these alleged disappearances of young girls in the fitting rooms of Orleans clothing stores in 1969? The rumor came to us, infected other towns, spread invented variants. We do not know whether to laugh or cry at the mention of the abduction of these young girls via the underground passages of Orléans to a submarine anchored in the Loire... This fascination of people for the inconceivable intrigue the author that I am. But the click occurred in me when I discovered the anti-Semitic character of the rumor of Orleans, which designated the Jewish merchants of the city as the instigators of this “ dealing with whites”.

I live in Drancy. Every day I walk past these buildings that housed the Drancy transit camp and almost every day past the Bobigny station. Something registers in me at each of these passages, the trace of a pain, the mark of the unthinkable. I visited the Shoah Memorial, its documentation centre. I considered devoting time to research, with a view to one day writing a play about the Shoah or anti-Semitism. I was unable to complete this project for lack of time and lack of circumscribing my subject.

The rumor of Orleans is for me today the gateway to this writing project. It arouses my interest twice, because of its anti-Semitic character and because at the heart of this rumor, we find, as so often, teenagers." Luc Tartar

Teenagers as first victims

"For several years I have been writing plays aimed at teenagers, their parents and those around them. I have worked on different themes, school bullying.

To broach the subject of rumor is to once again take an interest in adolescent fragility, in collective fantasies, in the threats and prohibitions sometimes brandished by adults, in this damaged world that we leave them as a heritage.

In Orléans, it is young girls who “disappear”. This "erasure" of the young girl's body is indicative of the trouble of the time facing the emancipation of women and their claim to a place in society. Many things have changed in girl-boy relationships over the past fifty years, but the current economic, environmental and social crisis is facilitating the emergence of new tensions and the return of the craziest rumours. Whether they are the subject of these rumors or whether they are at the origin of them, adolescents are the first victims, in 1969 as in 2020.

Writing about the Orléans rumor is of course putting it into perspective and linking it to all these contemporary rumors and other conspiracy theses circulating on social networks, it is questioning what is at the heart of adolescence and which never ceases to challenge me, the relationship between the individual and the group, the rejection and attraction of the other, the emergence of the nightmare in full reality, the fear of a world that vacillates and the grip- the body of a violence to blow up everything.

My responsibility as a theater writer is not to leave teenagers alone in the face of the violence of the world, by putting theatrical words to this violence, which is a way of questioning it and fighting it." Luc Tartar

Upcoming dates


Sunday 09 April 2023

Theatrical reading

Memorial ofDrancy(93)

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Theatrical reading

Prison ofTowers(37)

Thursday, November 23, 2023

CREATIONa spectacle

Gerard Philipe Theater,Orleans(45)

Friday, November 24, 2023

Gerard Philipe Theater,Orleans(45)

Équipe artistique

Texte - Luc Tartar

Mise en scène - Éric Cénat 

Assistante à la mise en scène - Élisa Habibi

Interprétation - Tristan Cottin, Nicolas Senty, Laura Segré, Claire Vidoni

Scénographie et costumes - Charlotte Villermet

Création lumière - Vincent Mongourdin

Création sonore - Christophe Sechet

En collaboration avec La maîtrise de Léonard / Choeur d'enfants de La musique de Léonie

"Pour en finir avec le pouvoir d’Orphée" (1972) — musique de Bernard Parmegiani (Extraits)


De création

Centre Dramatique national d'Orléans (CDNO)  Orléans (45)

L’Échalier, la Grange de Saint-Agil, Couëtron-au-Perche (41)

Théâtre de la Tête noire à Saran (45)/Festival Text’Avril

CERCIL / Musée - Mémorial des Enfants du Vel d’Hiv à Orléans (45)

Centre d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Camps d’Internement du Loiret

Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme

La Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah



De la résidence d'écriture

Bibliothèques de Montreuil / Direction de la Culture et de la Communauté d'Agglomérations Est Ensemble
Centre ASELQO Bourgogne
Centre Dramatique National d'Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire
Centre Pénitentiaire d'Orléans-Saran / Service Pénitentiaire d'insertion et de probation du Loiret / Ministère de la Justice
CERCIL / Musée-Mémorial des Enfants du Vel d'Hiv à Orléans / Centre d'Étude et de Rechcerche sur les Camps d'Internement du Loiret
CICLIC / Agence régionale du centre pour le livre, l'image et la culture numérique dans le cadre d'une résidence d'écriture

From Monday 24 May to Friday 18 June 2021
Tuesday 1st juin - Participation in theContemporary Writing Day for Youthwith students from the Villemurlin school.Information

Thursday June 3 at 3:30 p.m. - Meeting with members of the Aselqo Bourgogne center in Orléans.Information

Friday June 4 at 3 p.m. - Participation alongside Aline Baudu (Asso.Chapter 2) to a program about books and youth on Radio Campus as part of the Listen to your city project.Information 

Thursday June 10 at 6.30 p.m. - Meeting and reading of excerpts at the CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire on the occasion of the release of his latest novel "Clemency" (Ed. Infimes).Information

Historical Writing Residency Schedule

From Wednesday 29 September to Thursday 09 December 2021
Writing workshops with detainees at the Orléans-Saran Penitentiary Center​, a middle school class and a high school class from the Métropole d'Orléans. 

Meeting and reading of excerpts at the CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire around the work of Luc Tartar aimed at young people but also in resonance with it.


Tuesday, November 09, 2021 from 2 p.m. - Professional meeting "Theatre: Do we still need authors?" 
Presentation of the three charters resulting from the Estates General of Theater Writers and the recommendations / In the presence ofAgnes Marietta
108 - Orleans

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - Theatrical reading of Luc Tartar's text by actors from the Théâtre de l'Imprévu at the Orléans-Saran Penitentiary Center

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - Dramatized reading of Luc Tartar's text by actors from the Théâtre de l'Imprévu at CDN Orléans / Centre-Val de Loire

This text is not a write command,the result of a meetingbetween a director and an author,who followed each other and who really (re)found themselves around a common project

The Rumor of Orleans.

The Théâtre de l'Imprévu wishes to bring this work to the stage and associate its author with it until the creation in a close relationship with the entire artistic and technical team.

Tour history

Tuesday, March 14, 2023-1 performance- Theatrical reading

Le Bouillon / University of Orléans-La Source(45)

Monday, March 13, 2023-1 performance- Theatrical reading

Remand prison in Bourges (18)

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 1 performance - Theatrical reading

Shoah Memorial in Paris (75)

Wednesday, April 6, 2022- 2 performances- Readingdramatized

Robert Desnos Library in Montreuil (93)

Tuesday, March 22, 2022- 2 performances- Theatrical reading

CDNO at Orleans (45)In partnership with CERCIL

Thursday, December 9, 2021-1 performance - Theatrical reading

CDNO at Orleans (45)

Tour history

Décembre 2021

Résidence de création à la Bibliothèque Robert Desnos

Montreuil (93)

Janvier 2023

Résidence à L'Échalier,

la Grande de St-Agil, (41)


Résidence à l'Espace Béraire

La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin (45)

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