The collection of manuscripts is a treasure trove of breathtaking proportions.
Of particular interest is Jean Vilar’s correspondence with his different associates, his memos, his personal reflections, and the stage directions he wrote on texts during rehearsals.
The “feuilles de salle”, or information sheets, an invention of Jean Vilar, are also kept at l’Hôtel de Crochans. Among them are analyses of the plays and questionnaires for the public: Where did you hear about this performance? Were the technical aspects satisfactory? Have you any comments to make about the stage direction?
The answers provided are a moving and precious resource for anyone interested in studying how audiences have evolved.
“It would be desirable for interested members of the audience to cut out unwarranted applause after each scene and even between monologues.” M.S. 16 years old, February 1958.
The Maison Jean Vilar also holds many documents relating to Jean Vilar’s childhood and private life.