September 2012 is giving us Melburnians an opportunity to participate in the trial of Don Juan (La nuit de Valognes), a play by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. It is produced by the Melbourne French Theatre and like any good jury, you will listen to the evidence presented and then decide whether the defendant; Don Juan, is guilty of his alleged crimes against women. For theatre fans, this production promises to titillate, tempt and may even take you by surprise. Whether you decide Don Juan is worthy of sentencing or not, you will be assured of an exceptional experience.
Further to the intrigue of the play, there is the allure of French language and culture. You (as part of the jury) will embrace the evening with a glass of wine, nibble on camembert cheese and practice French. Consider booking seats on gala night when you will have the opportunity to meet the Director; Marco Romero, the Producer; Michael Bula and the rest of the cast. Avoid disappointment by booking online here. Ticket prices range from $12 to $32.
Don Juan on trial
We've undoubtedly heard the term "Don Juan" associated with a playboy whose pleasures of the flesh contributed many broken hearts. The charming Casanova first emerged during the 17th century through Tirso de Molina's: the trickster of Seville and Molière's play Dom Juan. How and why does he trap women of all ages and class? What are his motives? Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's version attempts to answer those questions. The scene is set in a château in Normandy.
Here, Don Juan has fallen into a trap where five of his former conquests have plotted revenge and have put him on trial. La Duchess de Vaubricourt, La Comtesse de la Roche-Piquet, Mademoiselle de la Tringle, Madame Cassin and a nun named Hortense de Hauteclaire seek revenge. As punishment for his sins, it is agreed that Don Juan will be forced to marry his most recent victim, Angélique de Chiffreville. He agrees and we are left wondering whether it is part of his deceptive plan. Sganarelle, Don Juan's valet, exposes his real agenda.
Damien Kenny - Don Juan Marc Buret - Sganarelle Fabrice Chatain - LeChevalier de Chiffreville Catherine Blanchy - Mlle de la Tringle Lilia Kessouar - Marion Catherine JacksonGrose –La Duchesse Magali Berquand – Angélique de Chiffreville Ana Gonzales – Hortense de Hauteclaire Rachel Audige - La Comtesse Séverine Roman - Madame Cassin
Tuesday the 4th of September to Saturday the 8th of September 2012
Gala night: Fri 7 Sep 2012 at 8 pm Evenings: Tues 4 Sep to Sat 8 Sep inclusive at 8 pm Matinees: Fri 7 Sep & Sat 8 Sep at 2.30 pm
Marco's acting and directing careers have taken him all over the world. His work has been developed in Spain, Chile and the United States. Marco has held lead roles in several television series, short films and commercials. He has also written and directed many theatre productions. In 2005, his short film 'Afternoon Performance' received a Manresa Plato Award at Spain's Manresa Noir Film Festival. In 2010, Marco received an Award of Merit at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood for directing an episode in the feature film Death of Socrates. He also produced the film in collaboration with Kanalya Pictures (California, USA).
Michael Bula – Producer – Founder - Executive Director
Michael co-founded Melbourne French Theatre in 1977 with A. David Gorrie. He has been MFT's executive director and producer since foundation. Michael is a solicitor and notary. He has his own international law practice MBS, combining legal skills with NAATI French translation qualifications. Michael is also a public speaker on notarial, international law and language related issues. Michael was Honorary Consul of Vanuatu from 1993 to 1998 and was appointed Honorary Consul General of Senegal in Australia in 2003. In 1998 he was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite for his services to France in theatre and law. Michael began acting when he was fifteen. Whether it be acting, directing or producing, he has participated in every MFT production. His aim has always been to make Melbourne a hub of excellence for the classics and first premieres of French theatre literature.
Melbourne French Theatre Inc. (MFT) celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Michael Bula and A. David Gorrie founded MFT in March 1977. MFT provides a unique opportunity for the Victorian public, students of French at all levels, francophones and francophiles, including certain ethnic communities and lovers of French drama to witness and enjoy the excitement of high quality French theatrical productions with the assistance of English surtitles (sur not subtitle as it is above the stage). Comedies and dramas are produced every year.
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