Deprived of the stage, yes, but not the pleasure of playing! Over a hundred actors have taken up Youtube and Instagram, using the keyword “À vous de jeu” (1), to recite short extracts from plays by three great French playwrights: Molière, Corneille and Racine.
“The actors will be the last to resume, in the fall if all goes well, and probably with reduced gauges to ensure the distance … I was looking for a way to keep in touch with the public, as do the singers and musicians”, Nicolas Briançon told AFP. The director launched this initiative, inspired by a challenge organized by actors from across the Channel with texts by Shakespeare.
The latter chose to declaim himself an extract, almost of circumstance, of the monologue of Arnolphe in Women’s school from Molière: “I can hardly, I admit, stay put. And a thousand worries my mind is embarrassed, to be able to put an order in and out and out … “.
The desire to return to the scene
Joined him actors and actresses of cinema, series and television as well as several theater actors. Thus, the actor Guillaume de Tonquedec seizes, seated and back to his library, a replica of Sosie, character ofAmphitryon of Molière. Scene that had opened the doors of the Conservatory to him. Questioned by AFP, he “Hope that these readings can be a gateway to classical theater”. And to add: ” I only have one desire: to return to the stage, but it will unfortunately not be right away (…) This is an interesting period. It highlights the importance of culture when you have nothing left “.
A desire certainly shared by some comedians of the Comédie-Française. If they already participate in the web-TV “The comedy continues! “Posted online on March 30 on Youtube, the resident Nazim Boudjenah and the member Didier Sandre also bent to the exercise … With a few liberties! Departing from the instructions of the three imposed authors, Didier Sandre chose to share Lake, famous and magnificent poem by Lamartine. As for the former member of the Cécile Brune troupe, she gives voice, and with energy, to the lover Eraste in The annoying, from Molière.
Alexis Michalik also joined the game. The young successful playwright chose to recite, book in hand, the famous tirade of the battle narrated by Don Rodrigue in The Cid of Corneille. ” We left five hundred, but by prompt reinforcement, we saw each other three thousand … ” And we can only wish such a fate to this pretty virtual project.