Les enfans sans abri
Making you laugh . . . in the most unexpected places!
Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval / Renaissance troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over southern California, in Arizona and New York, even in Europe. We focus on short French and Spanish plays in translation that haven't gotten as much press as Shakespeare, but that are a LOT easier to take on the road.
We perform much as traveling troupes in 16th-century Europe would have done-with nothing more than a few important props, costumes that are authentic re-creations of medieval clothes, no backdrops and little furniture, and a limited play space. The performers are drawn from a pool of people who act when they can and who know how ribald, edgy, and often timely the comedy of 500+ years ago can be.
With no physical base to call our home, we are "les enfans sans abri": wandering waifs unafraid of making sport of human foibles. We inhabit the characters and comical situations of 15th-17th-century Europe: sparring husbands and wives, bumbling servants, gossipy neighbors, licentious priests, conniving lawyers, and assorted other rogues of the middle and lower classes.With every performance, we are reminded that what made people laugh back then still does.
How much fun is that?