The marseilles trilogy - part 3
by Marcel Pagnol
Translated and directed by David Valayre
March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.
March 19 & 26 at 2:30 p.m.
The Southside Theater
Fort Mason Center
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Marcel Pagnol and his actors
Twenty years have passed. César lives alone in the Bar de la Marine. After five years at sea, Marius has returned, but he has settled in Toulon, some sixty miles away, and has no contact with his father. Fanny's child, Césariot, lives in Paris and is finishing his studies in France's most prestigious academy, École Polytechnique. Panisse, Escartefigue and Mr. Brun have aged.
The saga of Marius and Fanny ends with César. It is the third part in Pagnol's Marseille Trilogy. By 1935, Pagnol had become more interested in screen writing than in stage writing. He decided to write César directly as a screenplay. He said in an interview that, having lost his inspiration half way through the story, he was prompted to finish it by an old lady, "a charming ninety-year old. She was the sister of the owner of an antiques store on the Old Port who used to provide our film crew with the necessary props." She told Pagnol she wished to know how it all ended before dying, so he told her.
You are what, in medical terms, we call a pain in the ass, César. That is your disease, and, yes, it is chronic. Deep down, you’re a good man, a sensitive man, but with your family and friends, you’re unbearable. You live here on your own, because no one would live with you. You’ve scared away your bar tenders, you’ve scared away your dishwashers, you’ve scared away your customers, you’ve even scared away your own son!
Marseille, the Old Port
CAST & CREW
Translation & Direction
R. David Valayre
Maria Francizka Schroeder
R. David Valayre
Katrina van Winkle
Costume Design & Makeup
Vishalini Mona Vimal
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