Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2019

Seuls 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. Learn more below about the exciting productions in the 2019 season.


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. Other sponsors include Festival d’Automne à Paris, Jeune Théâtre National, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Education Department of the French Embassy, Institut français, and the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.


The 2019 French Theater Festival runs September 19-28, 2019.

Thu Sep 19, 2019 - Fri Sep 20, 2019 · 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents Désordre du discours

McCosh 10 · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCultural Services of the French EmbassyHumanities CouncilInvisible Dog Art CenterFestival d’Automne à ParisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents The Disorder of Discourse. On December 2, 1970, Michel Foucault gave his inaugural lecture at the Collège de France, the first lesson for which a rewriting subsists, entitled L’Ordre du discours. Fanny de Chaillé recreates the event and puts together a discursive performance destined for university amphitheaters. The effect of this re-enactment of Foucault’s words is to set his thoughts in motion once again.

Fri Sep 20, 2019 - Sat Sep 21, 2019 · 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents Le marteau et la faucille

Wallace Theater · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassySi vous pouviez lécher mon coeurDepartment of French and ItalianPrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents The Hammer and the Sickle. After Houellebecq and Bolaño, the director Julien Gosselin continues his scenic exploration of the literature of today and violence in our societies. Based on a short story by the American writer Don DeLillo, this latest production presents the dystopian world of high finance.

399 Ruehl Family Room Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesDepartment of French and ItalianPrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies

A conversation (in French) between Julien Gosselin and Pascal Rambert with Laure Adler, a French journalist, essayist, historian, radio producer, former director of France Culture, and author of Marguerite Duras; Dans les pas de Hannah Arendt; and L’Insoumise: Simone Weil.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCultural Services of the French EmbassyHumanities CouncilDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents Who Killed My Father. In the manner Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux and Didier Eribon, Edouard Louis writes from his personal experience. His two almost biographical novels: The End of Eddy (2014) and History of Violence (2016), have moved many of his readers. For this play, he responded to the invitation of stage director and performer Stanislas Nordey, to write a text to be spoken and to be read, a work for the theater.

Hearst Dance Theater · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents Avignon for Ever. The title rings out like a declaration of love and it is one — one that author and director Pascal Rambert made in Avignon and at its Festival. “I wrote this text on trains, at airports, in stations, on planes. When you can finally be quiet. [...] And daydream a little. Dreaming a little about what you love. Here, Avignon and its Festival. I don't know why I wanted to write a kind of love letter to Avignon and its Festival. Probably because the conditions of beauty and sorrow of the human condition, which are represented, are held for three weeks in this place.” It is Stanislas Nordey who will lend his voice to this luminous ode to the theatre.

Wed Sep 25, 2019 - Wed Sep 25, 2019 · 4:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents blablabla

Wallace Theater · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCultural Services of the French EmbassyHumanities CouncilDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

With Blablabla, Joris Lacoste and Emmanuelle Lafon orchestrate, for the first time, a children’s version of their Encyclopédie de la parole. In this piece, devised using recordings of all different kinds, an actress-singer-performer explores how children hear. Thus, the question is not what is their point of view, but what is their “point of hearing?” This show is designed for adult and child (age 6+) audiences alike.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCultural Services of the French EmbassyHumanities CouncilDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents The Prodigies' Law. In this enthralling one-man show, François de Brauer creates twenty captivating characters using minimal props and costumes. We follow the story of Remi Goutard, who from his birth, develops a hatred for the arts and holds a persistent grudge against artists and performers. When appointed as a Congressman at the National Assembly, he strives to get rid of all cultural events and artists who wish to reintegrate into society. In this show, Brauer also introduces us to other intriguing personalities such as Remi’s schizophrenic father and an Argentinian psychoanalyst. Brauer’s artistry at creating multiple characters and transforming subtly from one to another has been hailed by critics as a tour de force.

Sat Sep 28, 2019 - Sat Sep 28, 2019 · 2:00 pm

Seuls en Scène 2019 presents Radio Live

Wallace Theater · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCultural Services of the French EmbassyHumanities CouncilInvisible Dog Art CenterFestival d’Automne à ParisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Since 2012, radio journalists and producers Aurélie Charon and Caroline Gillet have explored innovative documentary formats; their voices already well known to listeners of France Inter and France Culture, this duo, together with illustrator Amélie Bonnin, have developed a live program on stage accompanied by music, archives, and real-life exchanges.

Tickets

All events in the French Theater Festival require tickets. Tickets for all performances are free; donations accepted. Reserve tickets online through University Ticketing at tickets.princeton.edu, in person at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office, or by calling 609-258-9220.

Questions?

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