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L'Avant-Scène to perform 'Cyrano de Bergerac'

Friday, May 8, 2009, 8 p.m. · Rockefeller College Courtyard

L'Avant-Scène, Princeton's French theater workshop, in association with Rockefeller College, will perform Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Rockefeller College Courtyard.

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 16th full-length production in French, and the second of a 19th-century French theater festival proposed by L'Avant-Scène this spring.

Cyrano fights with poetry and panache, and commands the admiration of his cousin Roxane, with whom he is in love. But she loves Christian, an object of youth and beauty. Cyrano, on the other hand, is ugly as a result of his enormous nose.

Destiny places the two men in the same regiment and, against all expectations, they become friends. Christian confesses his humiliation at not being able to seduce Roxane as a result of his lack of eloquence and charm. Cyrano decides to coach Christian, writing letters for him and providing him with the words necessary to woo her. So, the two rivals combine forces and the strategy begins to take effect.

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

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