L'Avant-Scène presents "Méphisto Rhapsodie" by Samuel Gallet

Nov 4, 2021, 8:00 pmNov 6, 2021, 8:00 pm


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L'Avant-Scène presents "Méphisto Rhapsodie" by Samuel Gallet

L'Avant-Scène presents "Méphisto Rhapsodie" by Samuel Gallet, and directed by Florent Masse

The Troupe of Princeton University's Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, will perform in-person "Méphisto Rhapsodie" by Samuel Gallet (2017) directed by Florent Masse in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater November 4-6, at 8pm. This will be L'Avant-Scène's first play in person after its 2020-2021 online season. Mephisto {Rhapsodie} is freely adapted from Klaus Mann’s novel Mephisto. The plot showcases the career of an artist in pursuit of fame and glory in a Germany plagued, then devoured by Nazism. Mephisto {Rhapsodie} delves into the heart of the question of the ties between art and power, the theater and the state, politics, and artists, and more broadly still, the question of life and compromise in a society under duress. How far are we prepared to go to prevent politics from upsetting our plans; to attain what we have sworn ourselves to achieve? What do we accept to turn a blind eye to? What do we accept not to condemn so that we can attend to our affairs as usual? Can we really resist and subvert a system from within? What happens when this system becomes more and more unbending, repressive, and authoritarian? At what point is it necessary to change course, to escape and flee abroad and simply wander?  The production will feature Gavin LaPlace '23, Morgan Teman '23, Sultan Al Habsi '22, Marley Jacobson '22, Elyssa Schaeffer GS, Flora Champy FIT, Hervé Goerger GS & Clément Herman GS, with the participation of Isabelle Chen GS.

This event is open to the University Community only (Students, Faculty, and Staff)

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