The Order of Arts and Letters was established in l957 "to recognize eminent artists and writers, and people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world." The Order consists of three ranks: Chevalier, Officer, and Commander. Other American artists to be so honored include novelist Paul Auster, jazz musician Ornette Coleman, and actors Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Chances are French President Jacques Chirac and his electorate might like Foreman's next play, which bears the provocative title King Rufus Cowboy Rules The Universe. The production, which will star Jay Alexander, Juliana Francis and Kevin Hurley, begins rehearsals in the fall. No word on whether the title refers to the U.S.' current Commander-in-Chief.