Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Georges Lavaudant: But Were Afraid to Ask Thornton Wilder

 George Lavaudant : “Our Town”

For those who missed “Our Town”, the very famous play written by Thornton Wilder, Pulitzer-prize-winning, and which has been directed, this fall, by George Lavaudant. It has been performed at Stanford University, from November 9th to 12th.

Here is a special episode of Entitled Opinions hosted by Stanford professor of French and Drama Jean-Marie Apostolidès :

“The production is an unusual interpretation of the classic play. The renowned French director Georges Lavaudant and Stanford French professor Jean-Marie Apostolidès have clearly strived to create a play that is quite different from most productions of Our Town. It is beautifully staged, and the actor’s movements have transcended blocking to become choreography. The production was clearly extremely rehearsed, and each movement is meticulous. The lighting, set, and tableaus struck by the characters make for a production that is visually arresting.” (Rachel Rosefigura, Stanford Arts Review)

Georges Lavaudant has directed the Théâtre national populaire at Villeurbanne and the Théâtre de l’Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, among others. Some of his productions include Lorenzaccio (1973), King Lear (1975), Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti (1978), Richard III (1984), The Balcony (1985), Platonov (1990), Pawana (1992), Hamlet (1994), Ajax-Philoctetes (1997), Oresteia (1999), Danton’s Death (2002), The Cherry Orchard (2004), The Night of the Iguana (2009) and The Tempest (2010). He has also directed his own plays, as well as plays by Michel Deutsch, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Carmelo Bene, and Christa Wolf, among others. His artistic activity has taken him all over the world, where he has on numerous occasions directed plays in other languages as well as in his native French.

Jean-Marie Apostolidès is a Professor of French at Stanford University. Apostolidès is the author of many books. His works include “Le roi-machine” (1981), “Les métamorphoses de Tintin” (1984, republished in 2003 and 2006), “Le prince sacrifié” (1985), “L’affaire unabomber” (1996), “Les tombeaux de Guy Debord” (1999), “L’audience” (2001), “Tintin et le mythe du surenfant” (2003), “Héroisme et victimisation” (2003, republished in 2008), “Il faut construire l’hacienda” (2006), “Cyrano, qui fut tout et qui ne fut rien” (2006), and “Dans la peau de Tintin” (2011). His book, “The Metamorphoses of Tintin,” has been recently published in English (2010) by Stanford University Press.

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