text by Diane LeBow, photography by John Montgomery
Visit France, specifically Provence, right here in San Francisco, at Fort Mason’s Generation Theatre. A beautifully interpreted and staged presentation of Marius, the first play in Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy, plays through August 25, 2013. For tickets or more information: http://generationtheatre.com
The plays are set in a small bar in the port city of Marseille and explore the intimate details of working class folks’ everyday lives, loves, and dreams which relate to all of us in their universality.
Director and translator, Roland David Valayre, writes “Marius’ Marsaillais characters are the kind of French people that French people would like to be: generous, if not rich; soft hearted, if grumpy; easily offended, but easily placated; high on principles, but ready to chat a bit if the circumstances permit.”
Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) was a highly acclaimed French playwright, film director, and writer. His best known films include la Fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger’s Daughter) and Manon des sources (Manon of the Spring). His books include Jean de Florette, My Father’s Glory, and My Mother’s Castle, which also were made into gorgeous films. Three of his plays were among the most successful pieces of French drama: Topaze (1928), Marius (1929), and Fanny (1931).
Generation Theatre is a permanent theater company, a non-profit corporation, entirely operated by volunteers, created in 2008. Its mission is “to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of text-based theater. GenerationTheatre seeks to stimulate intellectual curiosity, combat prejudice, support diversity, and debunk artistic clichés.”
Actors, including lead actor, Nathan Putnam, are professionally trained with national and international experience.
Before the show just outside the theater (no extra charge) learn and play petanque, the national sport of Provence--similar to bocce ball in Italy. Inside the theater enjoy Provencal music and lavender, sweets, and wine. You can continue to play petanque in Golden Gate Park. http://www.golden-gate-park.com/petanque.html
For more information on upcoming productions, click on http://generationtheatre.com.