THEATER AND DANCE

Aquila Theatre Company in Cyrano de Bergerac

Posted Sept. 08, 2012, at 1:34 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College, 305 College St., Lewiston, Maine

For more information: Carly Bouchard; 207-782-7228; laarts.org

Aquila Theatre Company, in collaboration with L/A Arts and Bates College, will perform Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7:30 p.m Thursday, September 27, at Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

A pre-show discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Bates Chapel, 275 College St. Pre-show discussions will be facilitated by a noted local scholar. Pre-show discussion is free, and tickets for this wonderful performance of Cyrano de Bergerac are $15 General Admission and free to Bates students (limited seating available). To make reservations for tickets, please contact L/A Arts, 207-782-7228 or go online to purchase tickets at www.laarts.org. Bates students should contact Michael Reidy, Head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Bates to reserve their free tickets.

Beautifully funny, poignant and often heart wrenching, “Cyrano de Bergerac” is one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. Cyrano is an excellent swordsman from Gascony, a region of France famous for producing stubborn, courageous and grandiose soldiers. He is besotted with the beautiful and alluring Roxanne, and yet, because of his famously huge nose, the forlorn Cyrano feels that he can never truly win her heart and keeps his love as a personal and painful secret.

In this classic story of unrequited love, Cyrano befriends the handsome Christian de Neuvillette, who helps him woo Roxanne by composing elegant love letters and teaching him the arts of eloquence, courtship and poetry. Living his love vicariously through Christian, while desperately yearning for the truth, Cyrano’s passionate adventure unfolds, taking us on a compelling journey through the romantic streets of Paris, the dramatic battlefield of Arras, and the placid cloisters of the convent where this exquisite tale reaches its dramatic conclusion.

The story, based on a true historical figure, still attracts audiences today, more than ever, both on the stage and in film. Notable film productions of this tale include Jose Ferrer’s Oscar-winning performance in 1950, Gerard Depardieu’s in 1990, and Steve Martin’s modern American version, “Roxanne.”

For more information about Aquila Theatre Company, visit their website at http://aquilatheatre.com

For more information regarding upcoming L/A Arts Events, please visit their site at www.laarts.org

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