Past Performances

L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Sat, Feb 10, 2024, 8:00 pm9:50 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Directed by Florent Masse and Performed by the L'Avant-Scène Troupe (Lana Gaige `24, Mikaela Avakian `24, Clément Herman GS, Madeleine Iselin `25, John Patrick `24, Gil Joseph `25, Flora Champy FIT & Florent Masse FIT).

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L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Fri, Feb 9, 2024, 8:00 pm9:50 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Directed by Florent Masse and Performed by the L'Avant-Scène Troupe (Lana Gaige `24, Mikaela Avakian `24, Clément Herman GS, Madeleine Iselin `25, John Patrick `24, Gil Joseph `25, Flora Champy FIT & Florent Masse FIT).

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L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Thu, Feb 8, 2024, 8:00 pm9:50 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Andromaque by Jean Racine
Directed by Florent Masse and Performed by the L'Avant-Scène Troupe (Lana Gaige `24, Mikaela Avakian `24, Clément Herman GS, Madeleine Iselin `25, John Patrick `24, Gil Joseph `25, Flora Champy FIT & Florent Masse, FIT).

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L’Avant-Scène presents Fragments XXIII
Tue, Dec 5, 2023, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Fragments XXIII performed by students enrolled in FRE-THR 211 and directed by Florent Masse.

The presentation will feature scenes from Dom Juan, Le Tartuffe, and Le Malade imaginaire by Molière, Andromaque and Britannicus by Racine, and…

L'Avant-Scène presents "Le Iench" by Eva Doumbia
Thu, Nov 9, 2023, 8:00 pm10:00 pm

As part of Eva Doumbia's Short-Term Scholar visit in the Humanities Council and Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène presents her play "Le Iench" (2020). 11-year-old Drissa, born in France of Malian descent, moves into a small-town house with his parents, twin sister, and little brother. He dreams of a family like those he sees in…

Le Théâtre d'Eva Doumbia Conversation avec Florent Masse
Wed, Nov 8, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

A writer, director, and actress, Eva Doumbia studied theatre at the université d'Aix-en Provence, then at the Unité nomade de mise en scène (CNSAD), where she worked with Jacques Lasselle, Krystian Lupa, and André Engel. In 2000 she founded the company La Part du Pauvre/Nana Triban, quickly focusing on writers such as…

Le Théâtre d’Alice Zeniter. Conversation avec Florent Masse
Tue, Oct 24, 2023, 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Alice Zeniter, Novelist, translator, screenwriter, and director

Alice Zeniter studied literature and theater at l’École Normale Supérieure and Sorbonne-Nouvelle University. She is the author of four novels and has won many awards for her work; Sombre dimanche (Albin Michel, 2013) won the Prix du Livre Inter, the Prix des lecteurs de l…

L’Avant-Scène presents "Travaux d’Acteurs IX"
Tue, May 2, 2023, 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Students enrolled in FRE 311-THR 312 Advanced French Theater Workshop will present their end-of-semester work on Tuesday, May 2 at 7.30pm in the Berlind Theatre Rehearsal Room – Room 002, during "Travaux d’Acteurs IX" : a student recital of classical scenes by Marivaux and Alfred de Musset including excerpts from "Les Caprices de Marianne," "On…

L’Avant-Scène presents “Quai ouest” by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Tue, Apr 25, 2023, 8:00 pm10:00 pm

L’Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, will present “Quai ouest” by Bernard-Marie Koltès, directed by Florent Masse and featuring advanced students in L’Avant-Scène, Gil Joseph, Yasmine Zein, Clément Génibrèdes, Anais Yolka, Eloi Delort, John Patrick, Marie-Gabrielle Pelissie du Rausas & James Hamilton.

L’Avant-Scène presents Les Caprices de Marianne by Musset & La Seconde surprise de l'amour by Marivaux
Sun, Mar 5, 2023, 6:00 pm8:20 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Les Caprices de Marianne by Musset and La Seconde surprise de l'amour by Marivaux. Directed by Florent Masse. Featuring Morgan Teman '23, Gavin LaPlace '23, Clément Herman GS, Sandra Chen '24, Clément Génibrèdes GS, Lana Gaige '24, Hannah Grunow GS, Éloi Delort '24,…

L’Avant-Scène presents Les Caprices de Marianne by Musset & La Seconde surprise de l'amour by Marivaux
Thu, Mar 2, 2023, 8:00 pm10:20 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Les Caprices de Marianne by Musset and La Seconde surprise de l'amour by Marivaux. Directed by Florent Masse. Featuring Morgan Teman '23, Gavin LaPlace '23, Clément Herman GS, Sandra Chen '24, Clément Génibrèdes GS, Lana Gaige '24, Hannah Grunow GS, Éloi Delort '24,…

L'Avant-Scène presents "Race in French Theater"
Tue, Dec 6, 2022, 7:30 pm8:30 pm

Join us for the end-of-semester presentation of works by students enrolled in FRE-THR 390 Race in French Theater.  The presentation will feature scenes from Finir en beauté by Mohamed El Khatib, Le Iench by Eva Doumbia, Akila, le tissu d'Antigone by Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Pistes…

L’Avant-Scène presents Fragments XXII
Tue, Dec 6, 2022, 3:00 pm4:00 pm

L'Avant-Scène presents Fragments XXII performed by students enrolled in FRE-THR 211 and directed by Florent Masse.

The presentation will feature scenes from La puce à l'oreille and Le Dindon by Feydeau, La seconde surprise de l'amour and …

L’Avant-Scène presents Cyrano de Bergerac By Edmond Rostand
Thu, Dec 1, 2022, 8:00 pm9:40 pm

The Troupe of Princeton University's Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, will perform a shorter version of "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1897) by Edmond Rostand directed by Florent Masse in the Chancellor Green Rotunda of East Pyne on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 8 pm.

This will be the second…

L’Avant-Scène presents "Des territoires (… Et tout sera pardonné?)" by Baptiste Amann
Thu, Nov 3, 2022, 8:00 pmSat, Nov 5, 2022, 8:00 pm

The Troupe of Princeton University's Department of French and Italian, L'Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, will perform "Des territoires (…Et tout sera pardonné?)" by Baptiste Amann (2019) directed by Florent Masse in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater November 3-5, at 8pm. This will be L'Avant-Scène's first play of the 2022…

FRE 311-THR 312 Advanced French Theater Workshop will perform "Travaux d’Acteurs VIII"
Wed, Apr 27, 2022, 7:30 pm8:30 pm

Director(s):
Florent Masse
Performer(s):
FRE 311-THR 312

L'Avant-Scène presents "SOEURS" by Pascal Rambert
Thu, Apr 21, 2022, 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Director(s):
Florent Masse

A Conversation with Audrey Bonnet
Fri, Apr 8, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Join Senior Lecturer Florent Masse of the Department of French and Italian for a conversation with French actress Audrey Bonnet.

*This event will be presented in French only.

Audrey Bonnet is an acclaimed French actress who trained at the Cours Florent before joining the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art…

L'Avant-Scène presents "Les Fausses confidences" by Marivaux
Sat, Mar 19, 2022, 8:00 pmSun, Mar 20, 2022, 6:00 pm

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Sun, Mar 20, 2022, 6 pm<br>
Directed by Florent Masse

L’Avant-Scène presents FRAGMENTS XXI
Thu, Dec 2, 2021, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

by FRE-THR Students Director: Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène presents "Méphisto Rhapsodie" by Samuel Gallet
Thu, Nov 4, 2021, 8:00 pmSat, Nov 6, 2021, 8:00 pm

Director: Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène presents "Fragments Rambert Musset" by FRE-311/THR-312 Students
Thu, Apr 29, 2021, 5:00 pmSun, May 2, 2021, 12:00 am

The performance will be available on this page starting April 29, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

Students enrolled in FRE 311-THR 312 Advanced French Theater Workshop will present their end-of-semester work during "Fragments Rambert Musset" : a pre-recorded performance of scenes by Pascal Rambert…

L'Avant-Scène presents "Berlin mon garçon" by Marie NDiaye
Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 8:00 pmFri, Apr 23, 2021, 8:00 pm

The Troupe of L'Avant-Scène will perform its third and last play of the academic year,  "Berlin mon garçon" by Marie NDiaye directed by Florent Masse, virtually, on Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 pm and Friday, April 23 at 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Featuring Flora Champy, Sultan Habsi '22, Gavin LaPlace '23, Marley Jacobson '22, Elyssa Schaeffer GS,…

L'Avant-Scène presents, "Fragments Molière"
Fri, Mar 12, 2021, 5:00 pmThu, Mar 18, 2021, 12:00 am

Directed by Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène presents, "Le Malade Imaginaire" by Molière
Thu, Mar 4, 2021, 8:00 pmFri, Mar 5, 2021, 9:30 pm

3 Performances: Mar 4 @ 8:00PM Mar 5 @ 5:30PM & 8:00 PM Directed by Florent Masse

L’Avant-Scéne presents “Fragments XX” by FRE-THR 211 students
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 5:00 pmWed, Nov 25, 2020, 11:59 pm

L'Avant-Scène, the French Theater Workshop, will stream "Fragments XX": A Student Recital of Scenes from Classical and Contemporary French Theater, performed by FRE-THR 211 students and directed by Florent Masse starting at 5pm ET, Monday, November 23, and ending on Wednesday, November 25. Students will perform scenes from Wajdi Mouawad (Tous…

L'Avant-Scène presents "A Conversation with Clément Hervieu-Léger"
Fri, Oct 30, 2020, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

 

 

Register to join students enrolled in FRE 221 "The Rise of France: French Literature, Culture and Society from the Beginnings to 1789" & FRE/THR 211 "French Theater Workshop" in conversation Clément-Hervieu Léger on Zoom, Friday, October 30th, 2020.  French actor and director Clément Hervieu-Léger…

L'Avant-Scène presents "On ne badine pas avec l'amour" by Alfred de Musset
Thu, Oct 22, 2020, 7:00 pmMon, Oct 26, 2020, 8:00 am

Directed by Florent Masse

Seuls en Scène 2020: Rémi
Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

In his first production aimed at audiences young and old, Jonathan Capdevielle tackles Hector Malot’s Sans famille, a vibrant classic of French literature. Based on this rite of passage novel, the show recounts the uplifting events in the life of Rémi, an orphan sold to a warm-hearted artist. Little by little, the sound in this immersive adaptation makes the act of listening an increasingly important element of the production, paving the way for the shift from image to audio fiction.

Seuls en Scène 2020: Rituels 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

Using archive material and documentary inquiry as her starting point, Émilie Rousset’s & Louise Hémon’s performative research projects explore the theatrical potential present in the gap between original document and its representation. Three short films and one show bear witness to this work, of which humor is an essential component.

Seuls en Scène 2020: La dispute
Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

Far from any Marivaux-like literary flourishes, this production brings us words spoken in a direct, unflinching way on the subject of the marital dispute, the premonition of the break-up. Given that they are the ones best placed to talk about it – though rarely listened to – the director Mohamed El Khatib invites children of parents who have split up to take to the stage and give their own points of view.

Seuls en Scène 2020 presents Fragments Racine
Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 2:00 pm3:00 pm

 

Exclusively for Seuls en Scène 2020, French theater artists Sandy Ouvrier and Astrid Bayiha read a few of their favorite tragic scenes by Jean Racine, centered on unrequited love.

The recently recorded readings are presented in French. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

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Seuls en Scène 2020 presents Pistes
Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

 

Franco-Senegalese playwright and dramaturg Penda Diouf reads her most recent play about resilience that is both intimate and political, Pistes (Tracks). Directed by Aristide Tarnagda, this monologue about the courage to come face-to-face with one’s own demons is also a roadtrip across Namibia, site of the…

Film Documenting the Creative Process Behind Du sale!
Thu, Sep 10, 2020, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

In advance of welcoming Marion Siéfert’s production of Du sale! (Real Shit!) to Princeton at a later date, Seuls en Scène streams a film documenting the creative process behind the production. Last spring, during the pandemic, Marion Siéfert and her collaborator Mathieu Bareyre made the film as a Letter to the…

A Conversation on the State of Festivals and Theaters in France
Thu, Sep 10, 2020, 4:30 pm5:30 pm

Florent Masse, Founder & Artistic Director of the Festival will be in conversation with Directors of Productions from Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne in Paris and Comédie-Française to offer an update on the situation of festivals and theaters in France at the beginning of the new theater season.

L’Avant-Scène performs “Fragments XVIII”
Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 7:30 pm8:30 pm

FRE-THR 211

L’Avant-Scène performs “Les Fourberies de Scapin" by Molière
Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 8:00 pm9:00 pm

 

Les Fourberies de Scapin by Molière directed by Florent Masse.

 
L’Avant-Scène presents “Le Mariage de Figaro" by Beaumarchais
Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 8:00 pmSat, Nov 23, 2019, 8:00 pm

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L’Avant-Scène performs “Le pays lointain”
Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 8:00 pmSat, Oct 19, 2019, 8:00 pm

by Jean-Luc Lagarce <br>

A Conversation with Clément Hervieu-Léger
Fri, Oct 11, 2019, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Comédie-Française

L'Avant-Scène and Il laboratorio teatrale present Le Fate Ignoranti
Mon, May 6, 2019, 8:30 pm9:30 pm

Mon May 6, 2019
8:30 PM

L’Avant-Scène presents "Others"
Thu, May 2, 2019, 8:00 pm8:00 pm

by Pascal Rambert<br> Thu May 2, 2019<br>8:00 PM in French<br>9:30 PM in English

A Tribute to Pascal Rambert
Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Thu Apr 25, 2019
8:00 PM

An Evening with Pascal Rambert
Wed, Apr 24, 2019, 4:30 pm5:30 pm

Wed Apr 24, 2019
4:30 PM

L’Avant-Scène presents "Roberto Zucco"
Sat, Apr 13, 2019, 8:00 pmSun, Apr 14, 2019, 5:00 pm

By Bernard-Marie Koltès<br>Apr 13 & 14, 2019

L’Avant-Scène presents: La Double Inconstance
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 8:00 pmSat, Feb 16, 2019, 8:00 pm

By Marivaux<br>Feb 15 & 16, 2019

L’Avant-Scène presents: Fragments
Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 7:30 pm8:30 pm

by FRE/THR 211
Dec 11, 2018

L’Avant-Scène presents: "Fall Show"
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 8:00 pmSat, Oct 20, 2018, 8:00 pm

Oct 18-20, 2018

L’Avant-Scène presents "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort"
Fri, May 18, 2018, 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Fri May 18, 2018

Some video excerpts of past and recent L'Avant-Scène productions are gathered in this YouTube playlist.