A creative and dynamic adaptation of the popular fifteenth-century play, featuring hilarious misadventures and a loveable cast of misfits, including the trickster Pathelin and his accomplice wife Guillemette, the conniving merchant Guillaume Joceaulme, and the wisest fool of them all, Thibaut L’Agnelet.
Performed in French by members of the troupe. Runtime: about one hour. Suitable for all ages and all levels of French proficiency.
Contact us if you are interested in booking a performance of this play at your university, college or high school in the 2013-14 academic year. Currently booking productions for fall 2013.
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 - The College of William and Mary, Kimball Hall at Colonial Williamsburg
7:00 p.m., Friday, October 26 - Saint Michael's College, McCarthy Arts Center, Colchester, VT
Contact: Peter Vantine - firstname.lastname@example.org
4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28 - St. Catherine University, Recital Hall in the Music Building, St. Paul, MN
7:00 p.m., Monday, October 29 - St. Catherine University, Recital Hall in the Music Building, St. Paul, MN
Contact: Sally Sundberg - email@example.com
Sponsored by ACTC French Departments and the Sr. Mona Riley Fund
LA FARCE DE MAITRE PATHELIN REVIEWS:
From Scranton 2011 Performance:
I just returned from a performance of La Farce de Maitre Pathelin with my high school French students, and I wanted to congratulate the cast for their performance, which was hilarously fun. Despite their limited comprehension, my students enjoyed the play immensely. The question and answer session afterwards was great. We learned so much more about all the work that went into the performance, and it gave my beginner French class the information they needed to understand the play.
I am always searching for cultural experiences for my French Club, but they are hard to find in our area. Thank you for bringing a high quality, educational experience to Northeastern PA. I hope to see more performances in the future!
Christine Kozel, French Teacher/ French Club Advisor
Carbondale Area High School, Carbondale, PA
From Buffalo 2011 Performance:
The Théâtre de la Chandelle verte staged an enormously entertaining, extremely dynamic and very educational performance of an important, but frequently neglected, play. The medieval farce is often
studied but rarely performed because of the challenges of the language and the genre itself. It would be easy, for example, to overplay the slapstick and ignore the subtler aspects of the text but the company
found the appropriate balance. Equally impressive was the company's ability to adapt the text, without
losing the historical context, and to adapt as well to the theatre space. A very detailed program provided excellent background information and this, combined with the vitality of the performance, rendered the play comprehensible even to those with a limited knowledge of French. Fabulous costumes, clever staging,
wonderful acting and contagious energy made this a memorable theatre event.
Jane Koustas, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ont.
“Francine Conley-Scott takes us on a moving and revealing five-stop voyage with Albertine at different moments of her life: a wise incarnation of the spirit of a certain Quebec but, also, of human indomitability writ large.” (see full review) A spirited and moving adaptation of Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay’s celebrated play that explores the distinct stories of a working-class woman from Montreal over five decades of her life.
Performed in a combination of French and joual. Runtime: about one hour. Excellent opportunity to showcase francophone Quebec culture and language. Suitable for intermediate and advanced levels of French proficiency.
Contact us if you are interested in booking a performance of this play at your high school or college campus for the 2013-2014 academic year.r.
“A witty and artful tour of both the greats and the obscure in French literature.” (see full review) In a visually stunning production that layers rich textures of sounds and images, a single performer (Francine Conley-Scott) transforms into twelve characters inspired by the writings of women authors who lived and wrote dangerously across nine centuries.
Performed in French. Runtime: about one hour. Excellent opportunity to showcase how literary texts can come alive in a dramatic setting. Suitable for intermediate and advanced levels of French proficiency.
Contact us if you are interested in booking a performance of this play at your high school or college campus for the 2013-2014 academic year.