CHRISTINE IADEROSA, director
Vaudeville is the framework for this show, a theatrical form which aptly permits the imaginative juxtaposition of the expected and the unexpected by taking an ordinary event or moment and turning it into something extraordinary by framing it as stage comedy. In this selection of Ribes' work, the text takes an extraordinary event a moment and attempts to frame it in ordinary settings. "I love sparks from a short-circuit, buildings that fall, people who unexpectedly slip or fly off, those sudden bursts of energy. These delicious little moments that tell us the world is not completely anticipated and that there are still some places where reality has not closed its gates upon our heads," says Ribes about this work. Each of the six texts presented here are "scraps" of ideas, sewn together by the vaudevillian's wink and smile. Christian Dumont of Theatre-en-Scene writes: "Jean-Michcl Ribes excels in the art of provoking laughter by creating, in several little scenes, a succession of curious accidents that arise from the derailing of everyday events that decide to follow strange and hilarious side routes where an impeccable cast frolics and flirts with glee."
Inspired by the galvanizing spirit of Ubu in Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi (1896) who exclaims at every turn, "De par ma chandelle verte!," the Theatre de la Chandelle Verte is a troupe committed to the educational mission of promoting French-language theatre to university audiences nationwide, and to the creation of performances that are visually spectacular and intellectually stimulating. Since 2001, the company has created and toured innovative interpretations of works such as Jean-Paul Sartre's Huis Clos (1944) and Pierre Corneille's L'illusion comique (1636). The company was founded by four Ph.D. French graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including Jodi Samuels, Francine Conley, Christian Haugh, and June Miyasaki (of CMC), all specialists in French and Francophone literature and/or theatre, who had been collaborating since 1991 on a variety of French and Francophone productions. Audiences are guaranteed to learn about the vital and imaginative place of French theatre today. Performance is in French.