Bringing French Theater to NJ

Nicolas Bouchad and Judith Henry in the play “Interview.” (Photo via France-Amérique)

For the sixth year, French actors and directors are coming to Princeton University this fall, part of a project, Seuls en Scène, developed by a professor, Florent Masse, who started a French theater program at the university 16 years ago. Masse was interviewed by Melody Chan in the bilingual publication France-Amérique about the festival, which runs from Sept. 15 to 30.

France-Amérique: How did you begin Seuls en Scène in 2012? 

Florent Masse: The festival began as part of L’Avant-Scène, the year-long program I created at Princeton University. I couldn’t take my whole class to Paris every week; so instead, I brought eight French plays to them. The festival began as a showcase of solos from French drama school graduates whom I met through exchanges with the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. As the event became more successful, I started inviting more prominent actors. Today the goal of the festival is to promote up-and-coming artists, contemporary creations, and the new leading generation of French theater in America.

Go to France-Amérique to read how the festival has helped Masse’s students, and to read about the opening night play, “Interview” by Le Monde journalist Nicolas Truong. For more information about the festival, go to Seuls en Scène.

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