The director’s thoughts on “Cyrano”

Frank Langella’s Cyrano returns to the Hilberry Theatre stage this weekend for three performances, beginning at 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11, 2012. Director Blair Anderson has this to say about the production:

“Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac premiered in Paris at the very beginning of the Modern era in 1898.  Frank Langella’s adaptation of Cyrano has distilled the focus to the essential (unrequited) love triangle between Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian. The contemporary, yet timeless, treatment strips away the European trappings of politics, society and military struggles.

At the very heart of Cyrano is the concept of panache. Originally the word literally meant the feathered plume of a helmet or military headgear; but since Rostand’s play, panache has come to suggest a commitment to valor, a certain elegance, and self-esteem verging on pride.  Panache is archetypically present in Cyrano’s lust for life and dexterity with both the sword and the word.”

-Director Blair Anderson



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