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Seuls En Scène 2014

The French Cultural Services are pleased to announce the return of Seuls en Scène, Princeton University French Theater Festival, from September 15 to October 11, 2014 in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts.

This year's festival features an exceptional lineup including a play from last year’s official Avignon theater festival, a preview of a monologue to premiere in France this fall, rarely staged texts, as well as prominent French directors and actors. 

Also we were quite excited to speak with Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer, French and Italian Department at Princeton University, curator of Seuls en Scène festival and Director of the Student Theater Workshop L’Avant Scène, to know more about the many projects he initiated. Please read the interview.

Please note that admission is free for all of the shows but Reservations are strongly advised by sending an email to ftw@princeton.edu with subject line: Festival


Projet LucioleA hit of the Avignon Theater Festival 2013, Projet Luciole (Project Luciole), as a theater project, seeks to invent a philosophical theater that shows the energy and the vivacity of critical thought. Building upon reflections on different texts by such writers Theodor W. Adorno, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Guy Debord, Gilles Deleuze, Annie Lebrun, George Orwell, Jacques Rancière, and Jaime Semprun, and embodied by actors Nicolas Bouchaud and Judith Henry, the concepts of this project collide and dialog with each other.Created and Directed by Nicolas Truong.With Artistic Collaboration by Judith Henry and Nicolas BouchaudPerformed by Judith Henry and Nicolas BouchaudSet Design Élise Capdenat and Pia de Compiègne. Lighting Design Philippe Berthomé. Production Stage Manager Léon Touret. Production and Tour Manager Mathilde Priolet

LOCATION: Matthews Acting Studio 185 Nassau StreetDATES & HOURS: Wednesday, September 17 & Thursday, September 18, at 8 p.m.With an Introduction "Rencontre autour de Projet Luciole" on Monday, September 15, at 4.30 p.m. at East Pyne Building Room 010DURATION: 90 minutes


FaimXavier Gallais, a frequent actor with Arthur Nauzyciel (The Seagull, Ordet) had a long-held desire to personify the words of Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, the Nobel Prize for literature recipient in 1920. This partly autobiographical tale portrays the terrifying descent of a man who wanders through the streets. It echoes the fate of all the anonymous faces that populate today's cities. “A deeply moving adaptation” Fabienne Pascaud. Télérama. “A poignant and mesmerizing moment that makes us think” Armelle Héliot Le Figaro.By Knut HamsunDirected by Arthur NauzycielPerformed by Xavier GallaisAdapted for the stage by Florient Azoulay and Xavier Gallais based on the translations by Régis Boyer and Georges Sautreau. With Artistic Collaboration by Florient Azoulay.Lighting Design Scott Zielinski. Scenic Design Giulio Lichtner. Costume Design Gaspard Yurkievich

LOCATION: Matthews Acting Studio 185 Nassau StreetDATES & HOURS: Wednesday, October 1 & Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m.DURATION: 80 minutes


L’Autre Monde ou les États et Empires de la LuneConvinced that the lunar star is a world comparable to our own, the story’s narrator strives to go there. A first attempt brings him to Canada from where he lands, almost by accident, on the moon, only to find himself immediately captured by its inhabitants…With this show and many other productions for the theater and the opera, Benjamin Lazar has elevated baroque diction and gesture of which he has become a celebrated ambassador. Surrounded by musicians and candles, he brings to life a little-known work, more controversial than previously suspected.By Savinien Cyrano de BergeracAdapted for the stage, Directed and Performed by Benjamin LazarMusic by La Rêveuse performed by Florence Bolton, viola da gamba & Benjamin Perrot, theorbo and baroque guitar.With Artistic Collaboration by Louise Moaty. Scenic and Costume Design by Adeline Caron. Make-up Design by Mathilde Benmoussa.

LOCATION: Matthews Acting Studio 185 Nassau StreetDATES & HOURS: Saturday, October 4, 8 p.m. & Sunday, October 5, 5 p.m.DURATION: 60 minutes


Le Voyage en UruguayThe Compagnie des Petits-Champs (L’Epreuve at last year’s Seuls en Scène) returns to Princeton and premieres Le Voyage en Uruguay. Clément Hervieu-Léger revisits the story of his patriarch who brought Norman cattle from across the sea in order to establish a livelihood in a new country. At heart a family history, the newly written monologue tells the story of how our personal heroes are made.By Clément Hervieu-Léger de la Comédie-Française.Directed by Daniel San PedroPerformed by Guillaume RavoireScenic Design Aurélie Maestre. Costume Design Caroline de Vivaise. Lighting Design Alban Sauvé. Sound Design Wilfrid Connell

LOCATION: Whitman College Class of 1970 TheaterDATES & HOURS: Thursday, October 9 & Friday, October 10, 8 p.m.DURATION: 75 minutes


Répertoires A Staged Reading Based on the Drama Classes of Louis Jouvet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art DramatiqueTo celebrate its residence at Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater, The Compagnie des Petits-Champs presents a staged reading featuring celebrated classical scenes from the French repertory such as Dom Juan, Andromaque or Le Mariage de Figaro, as well as texts by Louis Jouvet (who was a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique.) Audrey Bonnet and Loic Corbery of the Comédie-Française, who starred in L’Épreuve last year return to Princeton on this occasion.Directed by Clément Hervieu-LégerPerformed by Audrey Bonnet, Loïc Corbery, Daniel San Pedro, Guillaume Ravoire, and Clément Hervieu-Léger.Lighting Design Alban Sauvé. Sound Design Wilfrid Connell

LOCATION: Whitman College Class of 1970 TheaterDATES & HOURS: Saturday, October 11, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.DURATION: 60 minutes


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