Edmond Rostand

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Plays by Edmond Rostand

audio Cyrano de Bergerac

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic—his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win the affections of the beautiful Roxane? Includes a conversation with Sue Lloyd, author of “The Man Who Was Cyrano: A Life of Edmond Rostand.” An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording, featuring Caroline Aaron, Hugo Armstrong, Kalen Harriman, Gregory Itzin, Hamish Linklater, Anna Mathias, Morgan Ritchie, Jason Ritter, André Sogliuzzo, Devon Sorvari, and Matthew Wolf Directed and adapted for radio by Barry Creyton and recorded before a live audience.

Featuring: Caroline Aaron, Hugo Armstrong, Kalen Harriman, Gregory Itzin, Hamish Linklater, Anna Mathias, Morgan Ritchie, Jason Ritter, André Sogliuzzo, Devon Sorvari, Matthew Wolf

Edmond Rostand (1868–1918) was a French playwright who was best known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), a heroic verse comedy featuring a love-sick courtier in seventeenth-century France who is unattractive because of his huge nose. The play combines patriotic sentiment with lyricism and verbal energy. It has been adapted internationally by several leading writers including Augustin Daly, Anthony Burgess, Christopher Fry and Louise Nowra, and filmed. Cyrano was follwed by L'Aiglon (The Eaglet, 1900), about Napoleon's son, and Chantecler (1910), based on the Roman de Renart, an allegorical drama which satirizes contemporary politics and literature, and in which all the characters are animals. Rostand's plays drawn on the tradition of Romantic drama. The Fantasticks (1960), a musical version of his comedy Les Romanesques (1894), became the longest running show in New York.