Cyrano’s Nose Take Residence at Folger Library

Descriptif : C’est un roc! C’est un pic! C’est un cap! – Que dis-je, c’est un cap! C’est une péninsule!*

Une fois n’est pas coutume the Folger Shakespeare Library is taking a break from the English poet and playwright to present a play by French neo-romantic poet and dramatist Edmond Rostand. Beginning April 26, Cyrano de Bergenac and his nose are taking residence at the Capital Hill theater. For those who may not be familiar with the story’s plotline, here is a quick summary. Cyrano is a 17th century tragic love triangle involving Cyrano, a cadet in the French army and talented duelist who also happens to be a gifted poet. Sounds like the perfect man non? And yet beautiful and intelligent Roxane, whom Cyrano secretly adores, is in love with Christian, a young good looking (yet intellectually simple) cadet. That’s partially because Cyrano is unattractive, cursed with a ridiculously long nose. His looks make him insecure and he refuses to reveal his feeling to his beautiful cousin. Since she happens to like Christian, he decides to help his fellow cadet woo Roxane by lending his voice and words to Christian’s face. It’s a poignant and fascinating story, and if you are interested in checking it out, here are a few dates to note:

  • Pay-What-You-Can: Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30pm; tickets on sale at the Folger box office one hour prior to performance, cash only.
  • College Night: Friday, May 6, 8pm, $10 tickets for college students with valid student ID
  • Pre-Show Talk: Wednesday, May 11, 6:30pm, Folger Director Gail Kern Paster examines the play; $15, includes reception.
  • Post-Show Talk with Cast: Thursday, May 19, 7:30pm, Immediately following the performance

*Descriptive: It’s a rock! A peak! A cape! – A cape? Forsooth! It’s a peninsula! (Cyrano talking about his nose)

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