Shakespeare Hits Le Cresco In Paris With The Big Funk Company And Le Fabrique Shakespeare

The evening starts with theatre and performing excerpts of favorite Shakespearean classics, but with a twist.

By: Apr. 04, 2023
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Shakespeare Hits Le Cresco In Paris With The Big Funk Company And Le Fabrique Shakespeare

The Big Funk company presents a special night of Shakespeare at Le Cresco Theatre in association with LA Fabrique Shakespeare and April Shakespeare festival in Paris (Festival Shakespeare d'Avril! 2023).

The evening starts with theatre and performing excerpts of favorite Shakespearean classics, but with a twist. This is followed by dinner with the cast and a screening of Shakespeare in Love directed by John Madden.

The play's excerpts of Shakespeare are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Henry IV, King Lear, Hamlet, Sonnets and Rude Mechanicals, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure as well as modern reflections on Shakespeare that interweave the evening.

The cast are as follows Eric Bouvron (Macbeth), Joanna Pickering (Lady Macbeth), Olivier Raynal (Angelo, Edmund), David Coburn (Hotspur, Bottom), Christina Batman (Gertrude), Kate Colebrook (Flute), David Gasman (Hip Hop Hamlet), Tiffany Hofstetter (Isabella), Tori Johnson (Ophélia), Julie Kalya (Starveling, Julietta), Kester Lovelace (Kestinus, Snug), Martin Lewis (Martbeth), David Stanley (Quince, Dave staff) Barbara Weber-Scaff (Porter, Snout).

The plays are directed by Tiffany Hofstetter (Tenesse Williams, David Mamet, John Patrick Shanley), Erica Gould (Theresa Rebeck, Neil LaBute), Barbara Weber-Scaff (Big Funk Company), Kester Lovelace (Drama Ties) and Eric Bouvron (Moliere winner for Les Cavaliers, nominated for Lawrence d'Arabie).

The plays are performed in English. The movie is in original version with french subtitles.

Producers : Tiffany Hofstetter, Clarence Tokley Stage Manager : Jeremy Coffman Location AUDITORIUM CRESCO
Hôtel de Ville de Saint-Mandé
10 place Charles Digeon 94165 Saint Mandé 01 49 57 78 00

The Big Funk Company was created following a Bilingual Acting Workshop production of "The Big Funk" by John Patrick Shanley. The BFC's first production was a collection of 5 never-before-seen one-act plays called "In my life" by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Julie DeLaurenti. Since then the BFC has taken over the France theatre scene with original work such as "Dog Cat Story", written and directed by Julie DeLaurenti performed in Paris at the Alhambra in 2014, American classics such as "Un Tramway Nomme Desir" (A Streetcar Named Desire) by Tennessee Williams, directed by Manuel Olinger, performed at the 2016 and 2017 Avignon Theater Festival, a 2017 tour in France, and in 2020 in Paris at the Théâtre de La Scène Parisienne, and American Wednesdays, original full length plays at the Theatre de Dix Heures in 2018. The BFC's current creation/production of "Maya, A Voice" (inspired by the life of Maya Angelou) and directed by Molière-winner Eric Bouvron, is currently on tour around France before a full run in Paris.

Since 2014 the BFC offers seasonal American theater events in Paris including: American Sundays, Brunch and Theater at the Théâtre du Lucernaire; and Theater Fridays play-readings and wine.

La Fabrique Shakespeare was created to bring the joy, beauty and wisdom of the Bard's works to the widest French-speaking audience. A space for sharing knowledge, resources and joy, La Fabrique Shakespeare creates outreach events for all: students from primary school to university, theatre and festival goers, thespians, and the general public, including underprivileged communities.
The events offered are multiple and varied: plays, participatory workshops, illustrated talks, read-alongs, story telling, film screenings and debates, meetings, exhibitions, conferences and panels, translation and acting contests etc. La Fabrique Shakespeare has also founded Shakespeare d'Avril ! - a « seriously accessible » Shakespeare festival in Vincennes (France), a stone throw away from Paris. Marie-Pierre Dupagne (President/Founder) has a Master's degree in Cultural Project Management at IESA, Paris. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as production and development manager for Le Palais Royal, a choir and orchestra on period instruments. In 2017, she founded La Fabrique Shakespeare, a non-for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Shakespeare's works to French-speaking audiences. From 2018, she started working for Ciné-ma différence as project manager and carried out a two-year enquiry into Relaxed performance worldwide. The report which followed (published both in French and in English) includes a timeline of Relaxed performance, an extensive list of transferable practices as well as recommendations. She is co-founder and member of the International Relaxed Performance Network. In 2019, La Fabrique Shakespeare created Shakespeare d'Avril!, a month-long festival of Shakespearean celebrations for all, in Vincennes. In the spring of 2023, Vincennes will host Shakespeare d'Avril ! 23, the festival's second edition, which will include a focus on the 400th anniversary of the First Folio.