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The Two Pierrots or The White Supper (Les Deux Pierrots ou Le Souper blanc)

Edmond Rostand trans Thom Christoph intro Sue Lloyd Price: $9.00

This short play - a three-hander in verse with one other minor part and two non-speaking roles - was long a favourite with amateur players

It already displays many of the qualities that were to make Cyrano de Bergerac so successful

Lighthearted, witty and ingeniously rhymed, it deserves to be better known ...

Two Pierrots, one sad and one cheerful, are wooing Columbina. Rostand put much of his own youthful optimism into the character of Pierrot One, Laughing Pierrot, who can be seen as a forerunner of Cyrano de Bergerac himself

The French dramatist Edmond Rostand (1868 – 1918) is best known for his ever-popular play Cyrano de Bergerac, first performed in 1897. He wrote Les Deux Pierrots (The Two Pierrots) for himself and his friends to perform in 1889. It so impressed the Director of the Comédie-Française that he gave the twenty-two-year-old Rostand his first chance to write for the professional theatre

Thom Christoph, an American who has lived in Germany since 1988, has long been an admirer of Rostand’s plays. He has translated three of them into German, including this one: Die Zwei Pierrots oder Das Souper in Weiß, Die Romantiker, and Die Prinzessin in der Ferne.

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