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Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Institut FrançaisCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyLewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Written for the 2011 Avignon Theatre Festival—where it became an instant classic—this play presents two perspectives as a couple negotiates a painful break-up.

Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College · Presented by: Institut FrançaisCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyLewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

From interviews, emails, texts, administrative documents and other “real sources,” Mohamed El Khatib alone on stage (re)constructs a delicate tale of mourning about the death of his mother in a touching work that achieves a certain timelessness. The play was an acclaimed success at the 2015 Avignon Fringe Festival.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsProgram in Judaic StudiesCouncil of the HumanitiesInstitut FrançaisCultural Services of the French EmbassyDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-ScènePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

April 19, 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, after which it was destroyed. Today in France, there are barely ten individuals still alive who lived in the Warsaw Ghetto. This performance tells the stories of two of them, Paul Felenbok and Wloda Blit-Robertson, based on interviews with these two survivors.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Institut FrançaisCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyLewis Center for the ArtsDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Paroles de Soldats reminds us of the enduring effects of war on the French soldiers engaged in international conflicts over the last thirty years in Iraq, Rwanda, Afghanistan and beyond. Five actors from the Jeune Théâtre National lend their voices to these accounts, sharing the fear and anguish these soldiers encountered when faced with brutal combat that left no one unscathed.