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L’Avant-Scène presents “Méphisto Rhapsodie” by Samuel Gallet

November 4, 2021 · 8:00 pmNovember 6, 2021 · 10:00 pm · Whitman College Theater

Department of French and Italian

L’Avant-Scène presents “Méphisto Rhapsodie” by Samuel Gallet, and directed by Florent Masse. This event is open to the Princeton University community only (students, Faculty, and staff).

Thursday, Nov 4, 2021, 8:00 pm
Friday, Nov 5, 2021, 8:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 6, 2021, 8:00 pm

Mephisto {Rhapsodie} is freely adapted from Klaus Mann’s novel Mephisto. The plot showcases the career of an artist in pursuit of fame and glory in a Germany plagued, then devoured by Nazism. Mephisto {Rhapsodie} delves into the heart of the question of the ties between art and power, the theater and the state, politics, and artists, and more broadly still, the question of life and compromise in a society under duress. How far are we prepared to go to prevent politics from upsetting our plans; to attain what we have sworn ourselves to achieve? What do we accept to turn a blind eye to? What do we accept not to condemn so that we can attend to our affairs as usual? Can we really resist and subvert a system from within? What happens when this system becomes more and more unbending, repressive, and authoritarian? At what point is it necessary to change course, to escape and flee abroad and simply wander?

*Pre-registration is required – All attendees must wear face coverings as the ability to socially distance may not be possible.

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