The Essays of the 16th-century French gentleman-philosopher Michel de Montaigne are among the most interesting writings in literature. They are sketches for a self-portrait, a public confession and a long soliloquy. The reader is therefore the privileged witness to Montaigne’s relentless attempts to understand his own existence, to understand man. His motto was: Que sais-je? Indeed, what does anyone really know for sure?
Montaigne is now on stage. Koen De Sutter moves Montaigne’s relentless quest to the present. He thinks about the big and small things in life. He talks about his pain and his joy. He denounces, confuses, admires, remembers, wavers, is curious and looks critically at those in power and at himself. But above all, he is hungry for good conversation.