About The Show


Through the disorienting kaleidoscope of existentialist thought, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir navigate World War II-era Paris, testing conventional boundaries of love and freedom with a novel pact of ‘essential love’ that allows each to take ‘contingent’ lovers.   Armed only with philosophical theories, the couple dives headfirst into life, entangling themselves in seduction, betrayal and war.  As they pull others into their powerful vortex and capture the world's attention, they explode the image of philosophers as solitary armchair ponderers.  Their adventures fuel profoundly original writings on the nature of love, freedom, gender and human existence.  But as their fame grows, so do complications from their pact of essential love.  


Beauvoir and Sartre, the founders of existentialism, form one of the most famous couples in modern history.  Sartre was a philosopher, novelist, playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (which he famously refused).  Beauvoir was a philosopher, novelist and memoirist whose book “The Second Sex” contains the first philosophical treatment of feminism.     

Inspired by real life events, Love The Struggle presents the unique story of these two great thinkers using a mix of music, drama, philosophy and humor and exposes the continuing influence of their ideas on modern attitudes.

​​Love The Struggle