Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2022

logo with text inside of black book outlineSeuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors, as well as promising early-career artists, to Princeton University and the local community to present their work, introducing American audiences to dynamic and engaging French productions. This year we are thrilled to resume the French Theater Festival in person in collaboration with the 51st Edition of Festival d’Automne in Paris.

September 9 – 23, 2022

For the 11th edition of the annual Seuls en Scène, join us for two weeks of in-person performances of recent works by renowned French and Francophone artists including Fabien Gorgeart, Clotilde Hesme, Pascal Sangla, Jean-Christophe Folly, Matthieu Cruciani, Daniely Francisque, Guy Régis Junior, Aurélie Charon, Pascal Rambert, Étienne Minoungou, Paul Desveaux, among others.

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Tickets and Details

Held in various venues on the Princeton University campus, all performances are free with advance tickets required. Tickets are available through University Ticketing, either online or in-person at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. Please note the ticket office does not open for window sales until Monday, September 12. Reserve tickets online

Accessibility

Some of the presentations will have translations available in English via supertitles. If you need other access accommodations, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu for assistance at least one week in advance of the event date.

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COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests must either be fully vaccinated, or have recently tested negative (via PCR within 72 hours or via rapid antigen test within 8 hours of the scheduled visit) and be prepared to show proof if asked, or wear a face covering when indoors and around others.

Sponsorship

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, Department of African American Studies, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, Program in African Studies, Center for French and Francophone Studies, and Rockefeller College. International sponsors include Festival d’Automne in Paris, Cultural Services of the French Embassy – Villa Albertine, FACE Contemporary Theater, ADAMI, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, Wallonie Bruxelles International, Odia Normandie and FEAC, Fonds d’Aide aux Échanges Artistiques et Culturels pour l’Outre-mer.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

A city, at night. It rains. A man, not really from here, not quite a foreigner, speaks to a passerby. He asks for a light, a cigarette, he’s looking for a room for the night… he can’t stop talking, but the passerby remains silent. In this visionary 1981 text by Bernard-Marie Koltès, messages about oppression, society, loneliness, exclusion, precarity and racism still resonate today. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

Poetic and powerful, this text by celebrated Haitian playwright Guy Régis, Jr. invites us to listen to a woman (Daniely Francisque) freeing herself from her burden through the release of words. Content Advisory: Not suitable for audiences under 16. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Wallace Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

A new episode of Radio Live featuring young Rwandan activist Yannick Kamanzi. Using a mixture of filmed images and spontaneous speech accompanied by music, Radio Live - La relève is written live and takes two different stage formats: individual portraits or three-way, interwoven vocal accounts. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Sat Sep 17, 2022 - Sun Sep 18, 2022 · 5:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2022 presents Deux amis

Hearst Dance Theater, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

Following on the success of Clôture de l’amour and Soeurs (Marina & Audrey), Pascal Rambert writes about ardent masculine love in 2 amis; a text anchored on the voices and bodies of Stanislas Nordey and Charles Berling, who are battling with their art, profession, madness and love. Content Advisory: Not suitable for audiences under 16. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Mon Sep 19, 2022 - Tue Sep 20, 2022 · 8:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2022 presents Traces

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

Based on the life of Senegalese academic, philosopher and poet Felwine Sarr, this lyrical text is captivatingly performed by Burkinabe actor Étienne Minoungou as an inspiring and imaginative storyteller speaking to his African brothers to sow the seeds for a better future. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College · Presented by: Lewis Center for the Arts

Mixing narration, speeches, video, and rap music, actor Astrid Bayiha tells the story of Angela Davis, American Black activist, professor and author, who faced a turbulent life during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. Free and open to public; advance registration/tickets required.

Tickets

All performances are FREE and open to the public. Registration required for all events. Ticket information will be available soon.

Questions?

If you have any inquiries concerning the French Theater Festival, please email ftw@princeton.edu. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you!