Playing French Seattle 2009

Special Announcement:
Playing French Seattle 2009

Seattle Novyi Theatre is excited to announce that we have been invited to participate in the third annual Playing French Seattle 2009. We will be performing Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, directed by Leonid Anisimov with Amy Yeater as Winnie and Paul Layer as Willie. The performance dates are Thursday, October 29th, Friday, October 30th, and Sunday, November 1st. All performances start at 8PM.

Playing French Seattle 2009 is a wonderful opportunity to experience theatre in French and English featuring the work of playwrights Matei Visniec, Georges Feydeau and Honoré de Balzac and Samuel Beckett.

Festival Tickets are $25 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets:


We hope you can join us at Playing French Seattle 2009!

For immediate release:

Playing French Seattle 2009

Festival Tickets $25 at Brown Paper Tickets:

Individual show tickets at door or contact Tom Ansart at:

Playing French Seattle 2009 to feature playwright Matei Visniec

The third annual festival of plays written in French language will feature the work of Romanian born playwright Matei Visniec. The festival runs October 19 - November 1 at the University of Washington 's Ethnic Cultural Theatre.

Two works by Visniec will be staged: "Le Deuxième Tilleul à Gauche" and "Old Clown Wanted." University of Washington doctorial candidate Otilia Baraboi will open the festival on October 20 and introduce Visniec's plays.

In September 1987, Visniec left Romania for France , where he was granted political asylum. His absurdist plays, written in French, have been staged in more than 30 countries. In Romania , after the fall of Communism, Matéi Visniec has become one of the most frequently performed authors.

This festival of absurdist plays by French and francophone playwrights also includes work by Georges Feydeau, Honoré de Balzac, and Samuel Beckett.

On October 21 Elles et Lui will stage an adaptation of three plays by Georges Feydeau, whose farcical plays are considered precursors to the Theatre of the Absurd. Entitled "Feydeau Composé" it is directed and written by Cecile Casanova and performed in French language.

Honoré de Balzac, novelist of "La Comedie Humaine," wrote five plays before his death in 1850. The last of which, "Le Faiseur," was accepted by the Comedie Française but not staged there until 143 years later, in 1993. This new bilingual (French /English) adaptation is directed by Steeplechase Producer Tom Ansart. The central character of the play, Mercadet, is a stock speculator who has been swindled by his business partner, Godeau. The play is a foreshadowing of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."

Finally Seattle Novyi Theatre will stage Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," directed by Leonid Anisimov, and starring Amy Yeater as Winnie, which closes the festival on Sunday, November 1.

For further information contact:

Tom Ansart, Producer, Steeplechase Productions/Playing French Seattle

Matei Visniec, playwright

Otilia Baraboi, University of Washington , French and Italian studies

Cecile Casanova, director, "Feydeau Composé"

Roger Tompkins, director, "Old Clown Wanted"

Paul Layer, Seattle Novyi Theatre
by seattlenovyi | 2010-09-25 23:13 | Special Announcement
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