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-- TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN PRODUCING --
A FRENCH PASSION PLAY IN ENGLISH NEXT YEAR!
Arnoul Greban's "Vray Mistere de la Passion de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ,"
after many years of neglect, has found a team in France that will be producing
an abridged (4 hours long) version from June 24 on, in Toulouse. The team is
impressive: over 500 actors, technicians, etc. Among the actors: Francoise
Fabian, Genevieve Page, Georges Descrieres, Michel Lonsdale. The techni-
cians are the same who worked on shows by Jean-Michel Jarre, known as a New-
Age composer (son of Maurice Jarre--"Doctor Jhivago," etc.) and creator of
special effects. The "Mistere" was performed every year in front of Notre Dame
de Paris, from 1910 until 1965, when archeological digs temporarily put an end
to the representations. But from next year on, this long tradition will thrive
once again in Paris, and not like this year, in Toulouse.
Now, here is the URGENT part of this message: Jean Poncet, the stage
director, and another member of the team, will be coming to the U.S. on May 24,
to stay until approximately May 28. They wish to supervise the recording of
the play in English so as to provide a taped version to non-French speaking
tourists who will attend the performance this summer. (There already exist
translations in Spanish and Catalan, as well as in German.) During their brief
stay in the New York area at the end of May, these two members of the produc-
tion team will want to meet anyone who might be interested in staging and pro-
ducing the play in the U.S. next year. They are hoping to make plans as early
as possible so that all details may be worked out--for instance, they want the.
play to be translated into Old English, and in verse, whereas the translation
that has just been made is in modern English and in prose.
Please respond as fast as you possibly can, if you are interested, since
time is running short. Send your messages to the following E-Mail address:
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With many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read this message
Looking forward to hearing from you, Catherine Perry