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L'Avant-Scène to perform 'Lorenzaccio'

Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2009, 8 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

L'Avant-Scène, Princeton's French theater workshop, will perform Alfred de Musset's "Lorenzaccio" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.

The group, formerly known as L'Atelier, was founded in 2001 by Florent Masse, a senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian, who will direct the performance. This is the workshop's 15th full-length production in French, and the first of a 19th-century French theater festival proposed by L'Avant-Scène this spring.

The play is set in Florence, which is subject to the tyranny of the corrupt duke Alexander, illegitimate child of the Medici family, whose rule is sustained by the troops of Charles Quint. Helped by his cousin, Lorenzo of Medici, another libertine whom others call Lorenzaccio with contempt, the duke subjects the citizens of Florence to his tyrannical whims. However, a revolt is brewing in the shadows. Lorenzo's own plan of revolt is revealed progressively to Philippe, the patriarch of the Strozzi family and a dedicated republican who opposes the tyranny of the duke.

The performance is sponsored by the Department of French and Italian. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve seats, e-mail

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