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French Drama in the Spotlight at Princeton

The Troupe of Princeton University's Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène, will present two French plays in December.

On December 6, the French Theater Workshop will perform Molière’s beloved Les Fourberies de Scapin directed by Florent Masse, in the Rockefeller College Common Room and in partnership with Rockefeller College.The action is set in Naples. Faced with two authoritarian fathers, two sons, both of whom are thwarted lovers, turn to the crafty Scapin, who is driven by a mad desire for revenge. This three-act masterpiece in prose was performed for the first time at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris in 1671 by Molière's Troupe. Very much influenced by the Italian comedy, it is one of the most performed plays of the French theatrical repertoire.

On December 10, Florent Masse's troupe will present Fragments XIX: A Student Recital of Scenes from Classical French Theater, performed by FRE-THR 211 students in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater. Scenes from Corneille (Le Cid), Molière (Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope), Racine (Andromaque, Phèdre), Marivaux (La Seconde Surprise de l'amour, La Double Inconstance), Maeterlinck (La Princesse Maleine), Musset (On ne badine pas avec l'amour) and Feydeau (Le Dindon) will be performed. These excerpts mix and highlight French and Belgian iconic tragedies and comedies of the francophone drama repertory, from the 16th century French Classicism to the 19th century typical vaudevilles.

You can find most of these texts in a beautiful La Pléaide edition among many other publications. A great opportunity to sit back relax and enjoy your classics!

Free admission but reservations advised for both events.

More information on Les Fourberies de Scapin available here, and on Fragments XIX here.

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