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Arden Theatre Company presents Cyrano
By Edmond Rostand, Translated and Adapted by Michael Hollinger, Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner, On the F. Otto Haas Stage, March 8-April 15, 2012
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February 7, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company 2011/12 mainstage season continues with Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano in a new version translated by Michael Hollinger, co-adapted with director Aaron Posner. This classic French love story re-imagined for an American audience will run on the F. Otto Haas stage from March 8-April 15, 2012. Discover if Roxane will fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry in this passionate romance full of wordplay and swordplay that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries.

Cyrano marks Hollinger’s first full-scale translation, for which he used his fluency in French to develop the play with Posner’s lean and athletic directorial style in mind. "Of course, for my first translation, I had to start with a universally-beloved five-act masterpiece," Hollinger jokes. “My goal was to release the energies of the play and make it feel immediate and accessible to a contemporary American audience.” Both Hollinger and co-adaptor/director Aaron Posner have long histories with Arden Theatre Company. Hollinger has premiered seven plays at the Arden including three Barrymore Award winners for Outstanding New Play: Opus (one of American Theatres Top 10 most produced plays in 2009), Ghost-Writer, and Red Herring.

Posner co-founded the Arden in 1988 and is the award-winning writer of such adaptations of My Name Is Asher Lev, The Chosen (1999 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play), and A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage. He is also known for his rousing and imaginative Shakespeare productions such as A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night.. "I'm thrilled to be working with my good friend Michael Hollinger on this amazing emotional adventure story", says Posner. "I am looking forward to everything about the production-- being back at the Arden, working with many old friends and longtime collaborators, and sharing this astonishing story with the Arden's outstanding audience."

An ensemble cast of nine actors brings a rollicking theatricality to this epic story, originally written by Rostand to be performed by dozens. Eric Hissom returns to the Arden after August: Osage County and A Moon for the Misbegotten to play the heroic Cyrano, reprising the role he played at Washington D.C.’s Folger Theatre last spring. As his love interest Roxane, Jessica Cummings (Broadway’s The Seagull) makes her Arden debut. Completing the famous love triangle as Christian is Luigi Sottile (Arden debut, Barrymore nomination for The Vibrator Play at Wilma Theater). Playing bakers, soldiers, nuns and more are Philadelphia favorites Scott Greer (The Flea and the Professor, Romeo and Juliet), David Bardeen (Wanamaker’s Pursuit), Ben Lloyd (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Doug Hara (The Threepenny Opera, Something Intangible), Justin Jain (former Arden Professional Apprentice, writer and performer with the Berserker Residents) and in his Arden debut Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway’s Fences, King Hedley II, and The Piano Lesson).

The creative team, who adds a contemporary edge to the play’s classical foundation, includes set designer Dan Conway (August: Osage County, My Name Is Asher Lev), costume designer Devon Painter (Cyrano at Folger Theatre), lighting designer Thom Weaver (August: Osage County, A Moon for the Misbegotten), and sound designer James Sugg (August: Osage County, Romeo and Juliet).

The final dress rehearsal of Cyrano on Wednesday, March 7 at 8pm is open to the public as a Pay-What-You-Can performance, with all proceeds collected donated to Urban Promise, a non-profit organization that equips children and young adults of Camden, NJ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth.

Cyrano previews begin on Thursday, March 8. Preview performances run March 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13. Opening night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Special matinees for middle and high school students are scheduled from April 10-13 at 10am. The closing date for Cyrano is set for April 15, 2012.

Single ticket prices are $29- $45, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 10+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, March 30 at 8pm and Saturday, March 31 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

WHAT:
Cyrano

By Edmond Rostand
Translated and Adapted by Michael Hollinger
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner

SUMMARY:
The most legendary nose in literature gets a makeover with this American adaptation of the French classic. Will Roxane fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry? Find out in this play full of wordplay and swordplay that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries!

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
March 8 – April 15, 2012
Preview performances: March 8-13, 2012
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TICKETS:
$29-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen
Group discounts available for 10+
Student Rush tickets at the door only five minutes before curtain for $5 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org

CAST:
David Bardeen (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Ragueneau, others
Jessica Cummings (Resident of New York, NY) - Roxane
Scott Greer (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Montfleury, others
Doug Hara (Resident of Lambertville, NJ) - Ligniere, others
Eric Hissom (Resident of Sarasota, FL) - Cyrano
Justin Jain (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - De Valvert, others
Ben Lloyd (Resident of Elkins Park, PA) - De Guiche
Keith Randolph Smith (Resident of New York, NY) - Le Bret, others
Luigi Sottile (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Christian

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Aaron Posner - Director and Adaptor
Michael Hollinger - Translator and Adaptor
Dan Conway - Set Designer
Devon Painter - Costume Designer
Thom Weaver - Lighting Designer
James Sugg - Sound Designer
Dale Girard - Fight Director and Choreographer
Stephanie Cook - Stage Manager

This production is supported in part by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

HONORARY PRODUCERS:
Fred and Emily Anton

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS:
Harmelin Media, Hatboro Beverages, 12th Street Catering


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to all opening nights and may reserve tickets through Leigh Goldenberg at lgoldenberg@ardentheatre.org.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden’s 2011/12 season includes:
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts – September 29-October 30, 2011
  • The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez – October 27-December 18, 2011
  • Charlotte’s Web Adapted from the book by E.B. White by Joseph Robinette – November 30, 2011-February 12, 2012
  • Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris – January 26-March 25, 2012
  • Cyrano by Edmond Rostand, Translated by Michael Hollinger, Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner - March 8-April 15, 2012
  • Robin Hood by Greg Banks – April 25-June 17, 2012
  • Tulipomania a new musical by Michael Ogborn – May 24-July 1, 2012

Subscriptions for the 2011/12 season are now available. Subscribers enjoy significant savings on tickets, the best choice of seats and a liberal ticket exchange policy. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office.

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people. We also offer sign language-interpreted, captioned and audio described performances and Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsals that benefit other nonprofits.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 53 awards and 272 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.
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