Michigan Shakespeare Festival - Cyrano De Bergerac
Directed by Artistic Director Janice L Blixt and featuring Artistic Associate and Festival Fight Director David Blixt
A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man.
Cyrano de Bergerac is the most dangerous and daring of soldiers, the most romantic and stirring of poets, and the most brilliant and biting of wits in 1640s Paris. He also has the largest nose Paris has ever seen—a nose that keeps him both humbled and embarrassed by his looks and, therefore, keeps him from revealing his deep love for the beautiful Roxane. When Baron Christian arrives to join Cyrano’s company, the Guards of Gascoyne, Roxane expresses interest in the handsome-yet-dim young man. Sacrificing his happiness for hers, Cyrano agrees to help Christian by giving him the words to woo their lady. Edmond Rostand’s 1897 epic, translated into English by Brian ****** in 1923, is a romantic, adventurous, and glorious comic-drama that has instilled itself as part of the classical cannon and introduced theatre goers to the concept of “panache.”