Seuls en Scène, Princeton’s French Theater Festival, 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. All events are free, mostly performed in French and open to the public but require a reservation.
This season will open with Interview, a play written by Le Monde contributor Nicolas Truong about the intricacies and art of the interview, one of the most common journalistic practices. Throughout the next two weeks, the festival will perform together L’Art du théâtre and Le débute de l’A. two plays written by Pascal Rambert about acting and love respectively. Afterward, By Heart by Tiago Rodrigues, Prométhée Enchaîné & Les Suppliantes by Olivier Py, Unwanted by choreographer Dorothée Munyaneza about women during the Rwandan genocide, and Portrait(s) Foucault—Letzlove, based on a conversation between a young hitchhiker and philosopher Michel Foucault. Finally, the festival closes with Myrrha, a part of Guillaume Vincent’s series Songes et Métamorphoses, which presents Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream followed by Vincent’s interpretation of several Ovidian myths that are adapted to our time.
This festival was curated by Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer in Princeton’s Department of French and Italian, since its creation in 2012. Masse is also the director of L’Avant-Scène, the French theatre workshop at Princeton that offers students the chance to improve their language skills by acting in French and putting it in motion.