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Seuls en Scène - Princeton French Theater Festival
September 25 - 29, 2012

Admission is free but reservations are strongly recommended by sending an email to L’Avant-Scène Subject Line: Festival. Read the press release.

For more information, please contact Florent Masse.

Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène and the Lewis Center for the Arts with additional support from Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Young French Theater Today – Meet the artists of the Festival Seuls en Scène

September 25, 2012 at 4:30pm
Location: East Pyne 010

A panel discussion moderated by Florent Masse, Department of French and Italian


La Dernière berceuse

September 25, 2012 at 7pm & 9pm
Performed by Louis Arène
Location: Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street –
Duration: 60 minutes

Louis ArèneIn La Dernière berceuse, Louis Arène tells the audience about the adventures of a young actor whose wish is to create the most beautiful show on earth…But the young actor is troubled by his dreams of success, disturbed by his inclinations to laziness, and distracted by his fear of the future…La dernière berceuse is the story of a young man whose imagination and poetry bring relief from the violence of the world; it’s an hymn to the sheer lunacy of bygone childhood.

Louis Arène from La Comédie-Française has joined the Comédie-Française in September 2012 as pensionnaire. He graduated from the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (CNSAD) in 2010 where he studied with Alain Françon, Dominique Valadié, Yann-Joël Collin, Michel Fau, Christian Cohendy, and Mario Gonzalez. This 2012-2013 Comédie-Française season, he will appear in Labiche’s Un chapeau de paille d’Italie directed by Giorgo Barberio Corsetti as well as Shakespeare’s Troilus et Cressida directed by Jean-Yves Ruf.



September 26, 2012 at 6pm
September 27 at 7pm

Performed by Victoire Du Bois – Co-direction by Delphine Eliet
Location: Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street –
Duration: 60 minutes

Victoire Du BoisBilli Fischer is an 88 year old woman living in a public bathroom with a radio and her plastic bags. Today she tells us about herself and how she became the most important gangster in the United States.

Victoire Du Bois started her acting training with director and actor Michel Valmer and in 2006, she decided to turn professional. In 2008, she trained at the actors’ school of Delphine Eliet and, in 2009, entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique ( CNSAD, Paris National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts) where she studied until her graduation in 2012. At CNSAD, she worked with Philippe Torreton, Caroline Marcadé, Dominique Valadié, Alain Françon, Bruno Bayen, and Nada Strancar….

Delphine Eliet turned professional at 15 and, at 21, with French director Stanislas Nordey, she founded the Compagnie Nordey and performed in many of its productions. In 2004 she founded “L’École du Jeu – centre de formation professionnelle pour acteurs” (professional training center for actors) where she put into practice an innovative method named “Technique de confirmation intituitive et corporelle” focusing primarily on intuitions and emotions. Since 2009 Ms. Eliet has been directing several works based on the concept “l’ENjeU” in which the performance builds itself in front of the audience and becomes “un temps de jeu absolu”, a moment of pure acting.



September 26, 2012 8pm
September 27 5pm

Location: Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street
Duration: 60 minutes

Élie TriffaultOne Author, many Performances: In his adaptation of Faust, Elie Triffault brings together seven characters on stage. They all differ in manners and voices, but they are performed by the same actor. Using identification and imagination, the performance brings to light elements of the text and represents an actor’s tour de force.

Élie Triffault started his professional training in 2004 at the Conservatory in Orleans under the direction of Christophe Maltot and performed at the National Dramatic Center in Orleans. In 2008 Triffault joined the CNSAD and worked with directors and actors Jean-Damien Barbin, Robin Renucci, Pierre Aknine and Goeffrey Carey. In his third year, he performed in Opus Magnum written and directed by Olivier Py (then director of Odéon-Theatre de l”Europe). After his graduation in 2011, Triffault performed in Polyeucte under the direction of Claire Chastel and later, with choreographer Philippe Découflé.


Qu’est-ce que le temps? Le Livre XI des Confessions d’Augustin

September 27, 2012 at 10pm
Performed by Stanislas Rouquette – directed by Denis Guénoun
Location: Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater –
Duration: 60 minutes

Stanislas Rouquette as AugustinThe Confessions by Saint Augustine are one the most important and celebrated texts in western culture. In Book XI – a renowned philosophical essay –, Augustine asks a question both simple and terrifying: “What is time?” He adds, in a now famous formula: “if no one asks about it, I know. If I am being asked about it and I want to explain it, I don’t know any more.” Those thoughtful words represent an amazing material for a theatrical experiment. Our goal was to stage not only the performer in his interpretation of the accomplished philosopher but also to embody his thoughts. The show is built on a ‘dramaturgy of thoughts’: the actor strives at keeping the diction very clear and the visions concrete.



September 29, 2012 at 5pm & 8pm
Performed by Stanislas Roquette – directed by Denis Guénoun
Location: Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street
Duration: 1h 26

Stanislas Roquette in Artaud - BarraultJean-Louis Barrault and Antonin Artaud have both left many evidence of their intense friendship. The performance include 10 letters written by Artaud to Barrault (between 1935 and 1945), as well as various pieces from the writings of Jean-Louis Barrault. Artaud’s letters express his progressive fall into paroxysmal sufferance and delirium. We treat his deliriums as thoughts and not as symptoms. Artaud’s delirious mind is honest: his ideas express his protest in front of the injustices he suffers, and offer his analysis of the human condition.

Stanislas Roquette trained at the école de la Scène sur Saône (Lyon) and then at the Fifth Arrondissement Conservatory in Paris. He also received training in contemporary dance, clown, improvisation, and singing. He is currently performing in Qu’est-ce que le temps? Le Livre XI des Confessions d’Augustin, as well as Artaud-Barrault, two monologues directed by Denis Guénoun. He will be performing in the new play Mai, Juin, Juillet by Denis Guénoun at TNP Villeurbanne in October 2012. He has recently performed L’Inquiétude, a piece by Valère Novarina, in a ‘Sujets à Vif’ at the 2012 Avignon theater Festival and the title-role in Jon Fosse’s Le fils, directed by Jacques Lassalle at the Théâtre de la Madeleine (spring 2012).

Denis Guénoun is a Professor of French Literature at the Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, a director and a writer. He has published extensively and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of French and Italian of Princeton University in 2006. Denis Guénoun recently resumed his theater activities as artistic director of the theater company Artépo (théâtre, poésie, philosophie). He directed Le Livre XI des Confessions d’Augustin (2010). The play, now entitled Qu’est-ce que le temps? is touring France thanks to a co-production with the TNP. In October 2010, on the occasion of the Jean-Louis Barrault Centennial, he conceived and directed Artaud-Barrault at the Théâtre Marigny. Artaud-Barrault is on tour in Franc e and abroad, and part of the 2012-2013 theatrical season at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. His next two plays will open in 2012 and 2013: Mai, Juin, Juillet at the TNP Villeurbanne directed by Christian Schiaretti, and Le Citoyen at the Comédie de Genève directed by Hervé Loichemol.

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