Bilingual Drama Festival at Ethnic Cultural Theater
October 20th-November 1st.
The third annual Playing French Seattle festival of dramatic works will feature Romanian-born playwright Matei Visniec and also includes work by Georges Feydeau, Honor? de Balzac, and Samuel Beckett. The festival runs October 20 – November 1 at the University of Washington’s Ethnic Cultural
Two works by Visniec will be staged: “Le Deuxi?me Tilleul ? Gauche” and “Old Clown Wanted.” University of Washington doctorial candidate Otilia Baraboi will open the festival on October 20 and introduce Visniec’s plays.
In September 1987, Visniec left Romania for France, where he was granted political asylum. His absurdist plays, written in French, have been staged in more than 30 countries. In Romania, after the fall of Communism, Mat?i Visniec has become one of the most frequently performed authors.
Honor? de Balzac, novelist of “La Comedie Humaine,” wrote five plays before his death in 1850. The last of which, “Le Faiseur,” was accepted by the Comedie Fran?aise but not staged there until 143 years later, in 1993. This new bilingual (French /English) adaptation is directed by Steeplechase
Producer Tom Ansart. The central character of the play, Mercadet, is a stock speculator who has been swindled by his business partner, Godeau. The play is a foreshadowing of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”
Playing French Seattle is a registered student organization at the UW, to join send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org Half-price student tickets available, and free entrance for Ethnic Cultural Center affiliated groups.
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