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FAU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents
'The Balcony'

BOCA RATON, FL (October 30, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance will present Jean Genet’s “The Balcony” from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 18 in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   General admission tickets are $16.   FAU faculty, staff and alumni may purchase tickets for $10.   FAU students may obtain tickets free at the door or ahead of time with a $5 reservation fee.   Tickets and student reservations may be purchased by visiting www.fauevents.com, by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre two hours prior to the performance.   Due to its mature themes, the play is not appropriate for children.

“The Balcony” takes place in Algeria in the 1950s in a brothel that the madam of the establishment calls a “house of illusions” because patrons are allowed to be whoever they want to be.   In the different rooms of the brothel, patrons can satisfy their needs to be powerful or dominant in scenes that are often sordid and bizarre.   Meanwhile, outside the brothel, the Algerians are staging a powerful rebellion against the brutal French Colonialists that are occupying their country. The playwright brings the two stories together when the leaders of the Algerian insurgency are killed, and patrons of the brothel have to assume these roles in the real world.   

The play, which reflects the life experiences and the dark values of its French author Jean Genet, documents his response to the French-Algerian War. Genet was greatly affected by the clash of western and middle eastern cultures that came out of the French occupation of Algeria.

“On reading Genet’s work, one can’t help confronting the images of our current involvement in the civil war conflict in Iraq,” said Jean-Louis Baldet, director of “The Balcony” and professor of theatre at FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   “Throughout this production, I seek to bring these parallels into sharper focus.”

The play will feature the work of both MFA acting students and undergraduates in the department of theatre and dance.   For more information on other School of the Arts events, call 561-297-2977.

-FAU-

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