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By 1830, an insidious staple of the Parisian arts scene was the claque, a coterie of audience plants who, for an appropriate fee, would provide applause, cheers, tears, etc as appropriate. La Claque, an original musical, follows a ragamuffin claque of misfits and orphans, and primarily young Solange, the most talented pleureuse (a claquer who specializes in crying). Now, she must find her place between these two worlds: the claque she has always called home and a darker world beyond, erupting in political rebellion and its bloody aftermath.
Reading at Yale University, Winter 2017
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