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Cyrano Romances in U of M-Theatre Memphis Co-Production University News
For release: February 13, 2009

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U of M alumnus Jerre Dye plays Cyrano de Bergerac.

Edmond Rostand's classic love story "Cyrano de Bergerac" has captivated the romantic for more than a century. Bob Hetherington, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, directs the play, translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess. It opens at Theatre Memphis' Lohrey Stage on Friday, February 13 and runs through Sunday, March 1. Ticket prices and show times vary. For more information call Theatre Memphis' box office at (901) 682-8323 or visit www.theatrememphis.org.

A phenomenal swordsman, a born leader and an artistic, intelligent poet with the ability to enchant the hardest of souls, Cyrano is plagued with one tragic flaw a nose bigger than can ever be imagined. He believes the love of the fair Roxane to be lost to him but will he then assist her handsome young suitor to woo her? Filled with sword fights and period costumes, Cyrano navigates his way to his love through brandishing and wit.

This production of "Cyrano" is a first-time collaboration between the University of Memphis and Theatre Memphis. One of the largest and most ambitious dramatic productions ever produced on the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage, the cast consists of almost 30 actors. University of Memphis alumnus Jerre Dye plays the title character, Cyrano de Bergerac. U of M student Chris McCollum is Christian de Neuvillette, the suitor conduit, and Claire Hayner the sought after beauty, Roxane. Although the cast includes community veteran actors, Bill Andrews, Barry Fuller, Parker Dinwiddie, James Dale Green, John Rone and Blanche Tosh, the majority of the roles have been cast with U of M theatre students.

Sets and costumes have been designed exclusively for this production by Theatre Memphis resident designers Christopher McCollum and Andre Bruce Ward, and constructed by Theatre Memphis staff and volunteers along with U of M students and staff.

Kathie Brookfield, U of M artist-in-residence costume design technician, was brought to Memphis for this project through a grant from the Jeniam Foundation and an Academic Enrichment grant from the University of Memphis. Brookfield, who is an expert in 17th Century period costumes, has more than 35 years of experience in pattern making, draping, tailoring, and millinery.

More About Cyrano

Read about Cyrano in the Winter 2009 edition of CCFA Voices (PDF)

Video: take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of Cyrano




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