Three actresses on stage, Silvia Costa, Itsaso Arana and Audrey Bonnet, reclaim the mystery of the annunciation taking place between the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabriel, personified by each of them in their mother tongue. Three monologues, in Italian, Spanish, French. Three performative speeches dig this furrow to question this mysterious announcement today, to draw it to the side of modernity. In this device, the public becomes the depositary of the revelation, it is in a position to receive, in the listening state of the Virgin.

What could we announce in our time? What could be the contemporary annunciations? The ecological disaster to come? The end of the world? The advent of new ages? A step backward? Everything is opened and imagination prevails.

The play is divided into three parts of equal importance: around 30 minutes for each one. The play lasts around 1h 30, a rather classical time. Three separate pictures or sequences, featuring three different places and times in history. Three acts: the first one being closest to the famous Italian Quatrocento, that splendorous era of art history, a period lost in time with its dreams of beauty and invention of very elaborate and refined pictorial art works, painted with utmost precision and care. The second act is set in Spain, during the Holy week. It expresses the ardent devotion, blood and passion, and the overwhelming beauty of the Good Friday procession. It is rooted in times to come, in the human quest to understand the world, and its metaphysical need for answers. As for the last act, it is set in a remote future, maybe in space and in the presence of a cosmonaut. Somehow the play follows the pace of the world, starting in the past and heading towards the future, and into the unknown. Yet this time, connection deliberately remains unclear, as if the scene were viewed through a slightly dirty magnifying glass, as if things were happening behind a veil.

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Watch a video excerpt read by Pascal Rambert

Short Reviews (In French)

“Les magnifiques clair-obscurs d’Yves Godin, les présences scéniques irradiantes des comédiennes, leurs voix envoûtantes, font de Trois Annonciations, une œuvre à part, une sorte de poème transcendantal où tout est plausible, le plus beau, comme le plus tragique.”
Olivier Frégaville-Gratian D’Amore, L’Œil d’Olivier

“Au TNB, Pascal Rambert donne naissance à un triptyque prophétique, magnétique et exigeant. S’y entrelacent et s’y confondent les maux des femmes et du monde, dans une veine esthétique d’inspiration castellucienne.”
— Vincent Bouquet, sceneweb


pascale rambert

Photo by Vanessa Rabade

Pascal Rambert, a celebrated French writer, choreographer and director for the stage and screen, heads his own production company, structure production, and is an associate artist of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze in Madrid and Théâtre National de Strasbourg in Strasbourg. From 2007 to 2016, he served as artistic director of T2G-Théâtre de Gennevilliers, which he transformed into a national dramatic center for contemporary creation, exclusively dedicated to living artists (theater, dance, opera, contemporary art, film and philosophy).

Rambert’s theater plays and choreographies are now produced by structure production, and are supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. His plays are staged in Europe, North America, Asia, Russia, South America and the Middle East. Rambert is the author of more than 25 plays; his international hit “Clôture de l’amour” was translated into 25 languages. In the summer of 2019, he was one of the lead guest-artists at the 73rd Avignon Festival, where he staged a new play: “Architecture.” A Princeton regular, Rambert presented five plays at the festival over the years: “De mes propres mains,” “Clôture de l’amour,” “Le début de l’A,” “L’art du théâtre,” and “Avignon à vie.” In the spring of 2019, as a Belknap Fellow in the Council of the Humanities and Visiting Lecturer in French and Italian, he created “Others” with Princeton students enrolled in the course “Writing, Directing and Acting Others.” In 2016, Rambert received the “Grand prix de l’Académie Française pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre” or “Theater Prize from Académie Française for his entire body of work.”


Text and stage direction — Pascal Rambert
Film by Caroline Champetier
With Silvia Costa, Itsaso Arana & Audrey Bonnet
Space — Pascal Rambert and Yves Godin
Lighting — Yves Godin
Costumes — Anaïs Romand
Music — Alexandre Meyer
Artistic collaboration — Pauline Roussille
Stage manager — Alessandra Calabi
Master electrician — Thierry Morin
Sound engineer — Chloé Levoy
Assistant stage manager — Antoine Giraud
Dresser — Marion Régnier and Marine Baney

Spanish traduction — Coto Adánez del Hoyo
Italian traduction — Chiara Elefante
Subtitles — Alessandra Calabi
Production — déléguée Structure production
Coproduction — TNB – Théâtre National de Bretagne à Rennes, Scène nationale du Sud-Aquitain, C.I.C.T. – Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord


The French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Council, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Study (PIIRS), Department of Art and Archaeology, Department of Comparative Literature, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Center for French Studies, and Rockefeller College. International sponsors include Festival d’Automne in Paris, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of French and Italian
  • L’Avant-Scène