Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater is please to bring the French classic, Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” to the big screen, Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Come celebrate Bastille Day with this special screening captured lived from the stage of Paris’ prestigious Comédie-Française.
In “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help the handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves. However, Cyrano may be too ugly to be loved. Considered the most emblematic piece of the French repertoire, this romantic comedy is a must see in the larger-than-life setting on the big screen.
Staged by famous actor and director Denis Podalydès (Caché, Chocolat), he sees the play as “a dream of total theatre, a mixture of arts and genres: comic opera, tragedy, romantic drama, symbolist poetry and Molieresque farce.“ The staging finds its roots in these diverse genres and registers of performance to create a whole that is eclectic and coherent at once, a funny, moving and dreamlike tribute to all forms of performing arts. With costumes designed by world-renowned Christian Lacroix, “Cyrano de Bergerac” has been the biggest hit of the Comédie-Française and the most attended play in Paris for the entirety of its 10-year run. This award-wining production (6 Molière theatre prizes) is no longer staged in Paris, making this the only opportunity now for theatre-lovers to see it.
“Cyrano de Bergerac” will screen in celebration of Bastille Day; the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.
Tickets are available now through the box office in person at 2 Theater Street, or by calling 563-3424, and will also be available at the door. Tickets are $15 Adult, $13 Lincoln Theater Members, and $5 for youth 18 and under. The film is presented in French with English subtitles.
Come and see why the Comédie-Française, has had a lasting influence on the development of French theater and the arts, from the days of Molière to today.