September 22, 2018
2 pm & 8 pm
Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex
Duration: 105 minutes
Performed in French with English subtitles
Tickets are free but must be reserved at tickets.princeton.edu
François Cervantes asked the fourteen young actors of the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique to write dramatic texts based on their personal history. Summoning their ancestors and countless family memories, whether from the 16th or the 20th century, their past is brought to life on the stage, shedding light on and enriching the present. “The job of the actor is to offer hospitality,” the director likes to say, defending the necessity and the responsibility of his trade: to always give stories the place that is rightfully theirs, to fulfill that urgent need we have to talk to one another.
Claire, Anton et eux (Claire, Anton, and them) is the mischievous title Cervantes gave to this initiatory play, which is also an homage to a school whose role is to teach, to understand, to welcome, and to foster and encourage new work. A nod to Chekhov, who was also a doctor…