In mid-February, L’Avant-Scène performed “La double inconstance,” one of Marivaux's most beloved comedies, at the Princeton University Art Museum. The production, directed by Florent Masse, featured seniors Isabel Leigh, James Tralie, Sherry Romanzi and Adnan Sachee; junior Donald Della Pietra; sophomore Anna Vinitsky; and freshman Joseph Prentice.
Enchanted by the ingenuous charms of Silvia, a peasant girl, a young prince called Lélio vows to make her his queen. With the help of his courtiers and confidantes Trivelin, Flaminia, and Lisette, the prince must first "destroy Silvia's love for Arlequin," her bumbling yet lovable boyfriend. But the law and the prince's big heart both dictate that they must kill this pastoral love story with kindness, and thrust Silvia and Arlequin into a world of possibilities beyond their imagining at the court of the Ancien Régime. In the end, Marivaux shows us that love defies all odds and rules.
The romantic backdrop of the Sterling-Morton Gallery in the Art Museum proved timely to celebrate love after Valentine’s Day!
With the close of “La double inconstance,” L’Avant-Scène performed its 60th full-length production since its inception in 2001. Every academic year, L’Avant-Scène partners with the Princeton University Art Museum and presents one of its season’s plays in the Sterling Morton Gallery.
Next for L’Avant-Scène will be “Roberto Zucco” by Bernard-Marie Koltès, scheduled for April 11-13 at Whitman College Theater, and “Others” by Pascal Rambert, set for May 2 in the Rockefeller College Common Room.