Arts – Amir Al-Tohamy wrote on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 10:06 a.m. – The play of the great French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre, “The Virtuous Prostitute”, topped the search engines, after the great artist, Samiha Ayoub, suggested that her colleague, Ilham Shaheen, present the play, which prompted the pioneers Social networking sites ridiculed and attacked the title of the play, believing that the title carries a measure of boldness.
Below we review 6 information about the play that sparked controversy, from its premiere until the last hours, especially since the title may not reflect the content that reached the audience.
1- The play, which was staged in Paris in November 1946, is based on Sartre’s notes on visits he made in the United States of America, and was inspired by the Scottsboro case, which took place in that city in 1931, in which 9 black men accused of assaulting two prostitutes were punished.
2- In his play, Sartre criticized racism and the class system in American society in a satirical way, telling the story of the white prostitute, the black man accused of assaulting her, and the rich white man who committed the crime.
3- The play is one-act and two-panel, and this play is based on the heroine “Lizzie”, who is an American prostitute, who has a remnant of love for goodness and truth in herself. A crime, but Al-Abyad’s cousin, who is also one of her clients, asks her to testify that Al-Abyad killed the Negro when he tried to rape her in defense of her. of yielding.--
4- When she goes with “Fred” to her house, she finds another Negro fleeing in her bathroom, fleeing from the whites, so “Fred” does what his cousin did, and kills the Negro, and “Lizzie” revolts and snatches the gun from him to shoot him, but “Fred” lures her with promises And that he will give her a beautiful house on the bank of the river, and he will be her permanent customer three times a week.-
5- Sartre wrote a new ending to suit the play that was shown in the Soviet Union with the movie released in 1952. In this new ending, a turning point appeared in racism and class discrimination, rejecting Lizzie’s false testimony.
6- The writer said in his comment on the amendments, “I know that many of the young working class watched this play and felt disappointed because of its sad ending, and I also know that the only thing that calls for optimism is the audience’s need for life.” He also criticized the heroic decision of the character The main and happy ending of the play is that the play reflects the reality of racism in America in the 1930s.