Do you enjoy live shows and theater in French?
The Théâtre du Lycée Français de San Francisco (TLF) has announced its programming for the 2023-2024 season. This season is centered on entertainment, promising to make the audience laugh while also addressing societal issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease, without delving into sentimentality.
This year, the Théâtre du Lycée Français de San Francisco is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and its exceptional programming work is attracting an increasingly larger French-speaking audience. MerciSF is delighted to be one of its advocates.
However, to continue its ambitious journey, the TLF needs your donations to keep up!
Year after year, Frédéric Patto, its artistic director, supported by volunteers, spoils us: Sophie Forte, Julie Gayet, Richard Berry, Pierre Richard, Virginie Lemoine, Cristiana Reali, Patrick Timsit, Thierry Lhermitte, Benoit Solés, Clémentine Célarié, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Charlélie Couture, Charlotte de Turckheim… A long list of actors and directors have walked the TLF stage
And he has brought an incredible selection of Moliere-awarded plays and plays rewarded at Festival d’Avignon.
So, if, like us, you are delighted to attend high-quality French-language performances without taking a round-trip flight to France, support the Théâtre du Lycée Français by making a donation. This will grant you access to numerous perks, such as booking your tickets before they are available to the general public or even meeting the artists backstage.
There are several levels of engagement and ways to support FAST’s efforts:
- Make an online donation in US dollars* by clicking here, or by check
Checks should be made payable to: Lycée Français de San Francisco – 1201 Ortega St – San Francisco, CA 94112 USA.
Donations in US Dollars* are tax-deductible in the United States. Donations in Euros** are tax-deductible in France.
MerciSF is pleased to share the program for the 2023-2024 Season.
On the program: comedies, including a classic Molière play reimagined with music, adaptations of bestselling novels, a play that has won
four Molière awards, a children’s show, and much more.
– Life Is a Party. Virginie Lemoine once again proves to be an admirable director and a fantastic director of actors. From the 1970s to the present day, we follow the life of Romain, portrayed by Julien Alluguette (Ici tout commence on TF1), an ordinary man with a commitment issue searching for his path in a France disrupted by various events.
October 13, 2023
– Le Malade Imaginaire en LA majeur. A merry troupe of 4 singer-actors transposes “Le Malade Imaginaire” into a musical. “You had to think about it. The spirit of Molière with swing” writes Télérama.
November 10, 2023
– Oublie Moi An adaptation based on “In Other Words” by Matthew Seager, this play, performed by Marie-Julie Baup and Thierry Lopez, addresses the challenging topic of Alzheimer’s disease while maintaining a positive tone through its comedic approach. In 2023, it won four Molière awards, including Best Actress for Marie-Julie Baup, Best Actor for Thierry Lopez, Best Director, and Best Private Show.
January 12, 2024
– Augustin, Pirate du Nouveau Monde. A children’s play featuring an olfactory and gustatory experience exploring the world’s scents through clever staging. Suitable for ages 3 and up.
February 9, 2024
– La chambre des merveilles is an adaptation of Julien Sandrel’s bestseller, telling a moving story of love between a mother and her son, who is in a coma following an accident. This play exudes a lesson in optimism, bravery, and resilience. The ingenious direction of Jean-Philippe Daguerre, a multiple-time Molière award winner (notably for his work on “Adieur Mr. Haffmann”), infuses vitality and a delightful touch of lightness.
March 22, 2024
– Le Montespan. In 1663, Louis-Henri de Pardaillan, Marquis of Montespan, and the charming Françoise de Rochechouart fall deeply in love and get married. Debts accumulate, and the Marquis must win the favor of the Sun King at all costs… Or the story of France’s most famous cuckold who dared to defy Louis XIV for love. Adapted from Jean Teulé’s novel.
May 17, 2024
And if you are not yet convinced of the importance of supporting TLF, there is a Cinema program (Champs Elysées Festival, The Visitors, The Dinner Game), as well as two performances from the recent French-speaking adult theater school, Studio TLF, and performances of major local institutions such as the SF Ballet School in April 2024.
MerciSF says “MERCI” to TLF and its volunteers.