The Silent Scream
The upcoming production The Silent Scream is inspired by the personality of Simone Weil (1909 – 1943). Simone Weil was a French philosopher, anarchist, trade unionist, teacher, worker, mystic, a Jew without the Torah, a Marxist without a party, Jesus’ disciple without Church. Even though she was born into a rich Jewish family (her father was a doctor, her brother a brilliant mathematician), she was committed to social issues: she campaigned for better working conditions and she also took part in the Spanish Civil War. After she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in exile, she refused any treatment and food as she wanted to suffer with the French people.
The personality of Simone Weil is impossible to classify or categorize into any system or Church, yet she is significant for her authentic pursuit of truth and meaning, unity of thought and deed.
At the lycee, the French philosopher Chartier called her a “Martian”. Indeed, her thoughts and deeds seem to come from another world. She refuses to accept any clichés in the society she lives in, as well as in her private life, in her thinking about the world, beauty, God, or meaning.
Most importantly: she had no fear of being judged by others!