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Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival 2018

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène present the 7th edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival, which take place from September 21 to 29, 2018, at venues across the University’s campus.

The festival brings celebrated French actors and directors, as well as promising early-career artists, to Princeton University and the local community  introducing dynamic and engaging French productions to American audiences. This year program features Élise Vigier, David Lescot, François Cervantes, Fanny de Chaillé and David Geselson.

Most performances will be in French with English subtitles; all are free and open to the public.

  • Harlem Quartet
    Fri, Sep 21, 2018 | 7pm
    Sun, Sep 23, 2018 | 8pm

          Harlem Quartet is a story on human destiny based on the novel Just Above My Head by James Baldwin. Adapted and directed by Élise Vigier in collaboration with Kevin Keiss, with original music by Saul Williams. This critically acclaimed show from the 2017-18 French theatrical season stands out on account of its rare all-black cast for a production in France, a co production of the National Dramatic Center Comedie de Caen.

  • Portrait de Ludmilla en Nina Simone
    Fri, Sep 21, 2018 | 9pm
    Sun, Sep 23, 2018 | 6pm

          In conjunction with the production Harlem Quartet, the National Dramatic Center Comédie de Caen asked the playwright and musician David Lescot to stage a portrait of this American singer. In the form of a documentary with interviews, this intimate musical portrait showcases Lescot’s desire to create a whimsical form of exchange. He plays guitar and stands onstage alongside Ludmilla Dabo, an actress steeped since birth in the jazz of Nina Simone.

  • Claire, Anton et eux
    Sat, Sep 22, 2018 | 2pm & 8pm

          Claire, Anton et eux (Claire, Anton, and them) is the mischievous title director François Cervantes gave to this initiatory play, which is also an homage to the Conservatoire national superieur des arts dramatiques (CNSAD),  a drama school whose role is to teach, to understand, to welcome, even maybe to nurse and encourage. A nod to Chekhov, who was also a doctor…

  • Dough
    Mon, Sep 24, 2018 | 7pm

          Dough is a choral text with a frantic and hectic rhythm, which addresses our relationship with money, and crosses different stages of life, from early childhood to adulthood. The piece by David Lescot directly reaches young people and is well suited for family audiences.

  • Gonzo Conférence
    Tue, Sep 25, 2018 | 8pm
    Wed, Sep 26, 2018 | 8pm

          From a young age, Fanny de Chaillé has been a fan of rock music. In this unique presentation that demonstrates what happens when you separate text 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 theatre, the theatre is perhaps the more wild and free medium.

  • Doreen
    Fri, Sep 28, 2018 | 8pm
    Sat, Sep 29, 2018 | 8pm

          Directed by David Geselson, this play is a counterpoint to André Gorz’ confession to his wife Doreen Keir that was made public. Transported to an evening in 2007 in the couple’s house the hour before they will commit suicide, we hear the story from her point of view. Doreen is an adaptation, a sort of theft, an attempt between reality and fiction, of the couple’s life and the beloved woman who we never got to know and who will die with him.

The 7th edition of Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival, is made possible in part thanks to FACE Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and Institut français.