Charles Mee's Parisian Love Story Fetes de la Nuit To Make World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

News   Charles Mee's Parisian Love Story Fetes de la Nuit To Make World Premiere at Berkeley Rep California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre — currently staging Deal Orlandersmith's Pulitzer Prize finalist Yellowman — has nabbed the world premiere of Charles Mee's Fetes de la Nuit to be presented during their 2004-2005 season.
Charles Mee
Charles Mee

Set in modern-day Paris, Fete de la Nuit mixes scenes, images, dances, songs and performance events to weave a tale of love and romance in which Parisians "attempt to reconcile their history with the multiculturalism of the present," as a release states. Playwright Charles Mee's works have been staged in many cross-genre presentations including Snow in June at Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre, an Anne Bogart-directed SITI Company production of bobrauschenbergamerica at BAM's Next Wave Festival and a Martha Clarke- directed production of Vienna: Lusthaus (revisited) at New York Theatre Workshop. The scribe, himself, urges adaptations or reworkings of his texts on his website (http://www.charlesmee.org) as part of his "the (re)making project" — based on the theory that "There is no such thing as an original play."

His works include True Love, First Love, Big Love, Summertime and Wintertime — which is set to make its New York debut at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, starting Feb. 3.

The world premiere of Fete de la Nuit is made possible by an AT&T:OnStage award of $80,000 to Berkeley Rep — an honor they have received a record-breaking fifth time since its inception 18 years ago.

The current season at Berkeley Rep includes Yellowman (through March 7), Ghosts (Feb. 27-April 11), The Mystery of Irma Vep (April 9-May 23) and a Moisés Kaufman-directed staging of Master Class starring Rita Moreno (May 21-July 4).

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