Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2018

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 2018 season.


The 2018 French Theater Festival is sponsored by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, L’Avant-Scène, Department of French and Italian, Department of African-American Studies, Humanities Council, PIIRS, Department of Comparative Literature, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, and Rockefeller College. Other sponsors include 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.


Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

A story on human destiny based on the novel Just Above My Head by James Baldwin. In Harlem Quartet, Hall Montana remembers, recounts and retraces the life of his family and friends, who are part of Harlem’s African-American community in the 1950s and 1960s.

Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

In conjunction with the production Harlem Quartet, the National Dramatic Center Comédie de Caen asked playwright and musician David Lescot to stage a portrait of American singer Nina Simone, one of the formidable artistic figures of the civil rights movement who had dreams of becoming a great classical pianist.

Wallace Theater · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Claire, Anton et eux (Claire, Anton, and them) is the mischievous title director Cervantes gave to this initiatory play, which is an homage to playwright Anton Chekhov and CNSAD, a school whose role is to teach, to understand, to welcome, and to foster and encourage new work.

Donald G. Drapkin Studio · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

In this unique presentation that demonstrates what happens when text is separated from music, de Chaillé stands offstage and speaks of her lifelong love for rock music while spectators focus on Christine Bombal, who embodies de Chaillé's words onstage. At the end of the simple and precise demonstration, the disturbing conviction emerges that between rock music and theater, theater is perhaps the more wild and free medium.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio · Presented by: Lewis Center for the ArtsCouncil of the HumanitiesCultural Services of the French EmbassyInstitut FrançaisDepartment of French and ItalianL’Avant-Scène

Doreen is an adaptation, a sort of theft, an attempt between reality and fiction, of the couples’s life and the beloved woman who we never got to know and who will die with him.

Tickets

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Questions?

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