Britannicus · Comédie Française

Britannicus · Comédie Française

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m.

164 N. State Street

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Britannicus by Jean Racine (France, 1669, 120 min.), directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

In French with English subtitles. With guest speaker and actor Park Krausen, Goodman Theater Ensemble.

Our second rendez-vous with la Comédie française, bringing timeless theater and enthralling stories to the cinema!  From passion and betrayal to mistaken identities, deception and stratagems... embark on a journey through the great classics of theatre on the big screen.


In a morality tale, Racine tells the story of a classic Roman family feud. Britannicus and Nero will fight to know who will sit on their father’s throne. 

Stéphane Braunschweig's modern scenography highlights the timelessness of the Racinian tragedy and its political themes. A large, cold meeting room with a large white door replaces the ancient palaces, and the CEO of a large company occupies the seat of the Emperor of Rome. The relationships between the characters blend perfectly into this multinational atmosphere. The calculating mother gradually loses ascendancy over her son, lost to perfidious counselors.

“An exciting political thriller, from root to bone and without pathos”- Francetvinfo

About our guest speaker:

Park Krausen directed the country's only French-speaking theater company, Théâtre du Rêve of Atlanta for many years. Now part of the ensemble at the Goodman Theatre she currently splits her time between Chicago and Atlanta and performs internationally. Park has had a 15+ year career as a stage actor, director, coach, translator and producer of international plays as well as interdisciplinary art happenings. Krausen is a graduate of Emory University and Paris’ National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She speaks fluent French with a French, Swiss, Quebecois or Romanian accent depending on with whom she is speaking.

Chicago credits include The Kid Thing (Chicago Dramatists, About Face Theatre). Regional theater credits include The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse); Sheltered (Alliance Theatre); and work with Lincoln Center (Living Room Series), Hartford Stage, Actors Express, Georgia Shakespeare and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. International credits include NOT I and 5Kings. Additional theater credits include Midnight Pillow (Theater Emory - Director); Certain Woman of An Age (The Second City – Creative Consultant). Film and television credits include MacGuyver and BenTen: Alien Swarm.


Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Classic films and great theater performances on Saturday afternoons – what’s not to love?

Amélie, The Artist, Intouchable… You’ve already seen these French classics, but you loved them so much you want to see them again and share them with your family and friends – here’s your chance!

La Comédie Francaise is the best theater ensemble in the world. Enjoy Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo and Britannicus by Racine – on film, as if you were in Salle Richelieu. On vous attend!


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