French Armenian actor and director Simon Abkarian won big at the 32nd Molière awards, France’s equivalent to the Tony Awards and the highest French theater honor.
Abkarian’s “Electre des bas-fonds,” which was playing at Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil, won the Molière in public theater, while Simon Abkarian won those for the director of a public theater performance and the living French-speaking author.
“Without artists, life would be deadly. And theater is like original sin, it reproduces, and it will rise again,” said Simon Abkarian, whose play was a great success.
Abkarian is a recognized star of the stage and screen in France and has appeared in Atom Egoyan’s Ararat and the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.