Catherine the Great

Love Catherine Deneuve? You’re in luck 😉 You can catch the iconic French actress in François Ozon’s sharp feminist comedy Potiche which, after debuting during Filmfest DC, is now showing at Landmark Theatres Bethesda Row Cinema. I a cinematographic clin d’œil* to Catherine’s acting debut, Potiche, Deneuve plays Suzanne Pujol, bourgeois spouse of tyrannical Robert (Fabrice Luchini), who runs an umbrella factory. When he is taken hostage by his striking employees (yes, that actually happens in France), she takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader.

Catherine the Great is also the inspiration behind the witty and imaginative play “Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve” which is opening tonight at The Source Theater. Presented by the Alliance Française de Washington and Trap Door Theatre, the play, translated and directed by Parisian Valéry Warnotte, tells the story of a frustrated and neglected daughter who adopts the persona of a film star to escape reality. With “Me Too I am Catherine Deneuve,” playwright Pierre Notte invites audience members to explore, alongside the characters he created, the potent relationship between self-definition and self-determination as they watch the central character gradually transform herself into Catherine Deneuve.

Me Too I am Catherine Deneuve will be played at the Source Theater (1835 14th Street NW) Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at 8pm. Cost: $15 for AFDC members, $20 General Admission.

* clin d’œil = wink. Catherine Deneuve’s first rocketed to fame in Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical film Les Parapluies de Cherboug (the Umbrellas of Cherbourg) where she plays an umbrella salesperson 😉 

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