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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

San Francisco


Click to see the video trailer for GenerationTheatre's production of César
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

Translation & Direction 

R. David Valayre


Greg Armstrong

Tom Bacchetti

Alan Badger

Abhishek Das

Kenneth Matis

Marika Kuzma

Antoine Peiffer

Maria Francizka Schroeder

Karen Sellinger

R. David Valayre

Ket Watters


Charles Keen


Katrina van Winkle


Jonathan Loo

Production Consultant,

Costume Design & Makeup

Vishalini Mona Vimal

Artistic Collaboration

Edith Gladstone

A GenerationTheatre Presentation

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