Suzanne Savoy brings to life a fierce advocate for the dignity and power of women in her moving portrayal of Christine de Pizan: 15th Century French poet of remarkable range, pioneering artist/entrepreneur, philosopher, and adviser to kings and queens.
Translated from the original middle French by Ms. Savoy, the 70 minute solo performance is presented entirely in Christine de Pizan’s own words. The first woman in Europe to make her living as a professional writer, she was a major voice in the introduction of Humanism to the Continent at the end of the Middle Ages, and remains a model to this day for any struggling artist/entrepreneur.
Je Christine includes de Pizan’s fiery public defense of women against the major literati of her time, as well as the true tale – told in verse – of a magical visit to her daughter. In the play de Pizan also shares a glimpse of the training she provided for the French heir-apparent, including studies in leadership, international law, and military strategy. Perhaps best of all, Savoy interprets how de Pizan herself might have performed some of the poetry that made her famous.
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This dramatic performance brings late-medieval literary figure Christine de Pizan to life. Suzanne Savoy’s tour-de-force, Je Christine, is an intimate depiction of de Pizan’s life when climate change, epidemics, civil unrest, political division, and foreign invasion devastated the country. Born in Venice in 1364 and married at age 15 to a French nobleman, she was widowed at twenty-five, after which she supported her mother, children and nieces through her writing. Her works include courtly poetry, a book on warfare and chivalry, the official biography of Charles V, and her beautifully illuminated The Treasure of the City of Women.
Suzanne Savoy is an educator, actor and designer. She has a recurring role on House of Cards and appears in a new film, The Untouchables. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ms. Savoy has performed in numerous productions of classical works. As an educator, she created, designed, and directed productions based on classical literature.
A Shadow Play
with Music and Shadow Puppets
West of Roan
Annie Schermer & Channing Showalter
Sunday – October 23, 2016
Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse
977 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Running Time – 1 Hour
is the story of the son
of a fisherman and a seal-woman,
a boy born of two worlds
and at home in neither.
This original story is inspired by
old myths and legends of the Seal People,
told with puppetry, song, and shadows.
What wounds are felt
when mothers and grandmothers
give up some of their wildness
in order to have an idea of home?
Can their children’s souls find wholeness?
Can we love with freedom?
The seal-woman’s children are asking.
West of Roan
Channing Showalter & Annie Schermer
A Children’s Nightmare
in gleeful, physical verse.
Intruders stalk the darkness
round a family’s lonesome hut.
Two young children
try to save their parents
from a nasty killer’s knife.
Medieval German Fairground Kabuki
“The steel is hard, the flesh is soft!“
NIGHT WITH GUESTS
by Peter Weiss
New York International Fringe Festival
Mary C. Davis* Mel House*
Ethan Angelica* David Logan Rankin*
Evan Zes* Jack Herholdt*
Juan Herrera on Percussion
*Members of Actors Equity Association of America
An Equity Approved Showcase
Stage Management by Maxwell Waters
Translation by Laurence Dobie
Designs by Suzanne Savoy
Directed by Bill Burford
Night with Guests represents the turning point
for one of the great artists of our time:
painter, filmmaker, and writer Peter Weiss.
This largely unknown one-act “study”, written
in January of 1963, moved him from the
introspection of his early plays
– surreal, psychological, detached –
into the rough-hewn, explosively theatrical
engagement of street performance.
Night with Guests opened the gates for Weiss
to become the guy who one year later would
challenge the whole world with Marat/Sade.
While drawing on the delights of Kabuki,
Punch & Judy, and fairground performances,
Weiss also called this little play a morität,
a tale of dread and murder,
like those sung by street performers in
central Europe since the 15th Century.
Produced with the gracious support of
NYC’s Materials for the Arts, the TDF Costume Collection
the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, East Hampton – Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director
and through the donations of interested individuals like you.
Night with Guests is a Sponsored Project of Fractured Atlas.