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Welcome to the Arden Theatre Company blog, where we share behind-the-scenes stories and current happenings with you. You will hear from the Arden staff as well as actors and other visiting artists, and we hope to hear from you, too. If you have an idea for a topic, please post a comment about it. We can't wait to hear what you think!

by Madame Elizabeth Kohl, Honors French Teacher, Council Rock High School South, Bucks County, PA

Counncil Rock High School South's French Honors III Class outside Arden Theatre Company

What a superb Cyrano!

My French classes loved the energy of the play and were abuzz today sharing their impressions of the actors…describing the drunk, the nurse, Roxane, her nanny , Christian, Montfleury, De Guiche, the narrator’s deep voice, and of course Cyrano’s illustrious panache surrounded by his valiant Gascons! We loved the words, the song, the pace  and the vivid retelling of the classic French story! We study it in French III Honors… so you see…Cyrano means a lot to us!

Merci beaucoup!

Merci mille fois to the amazing cast and crew and the Arden’s organization. We will be back and please do send us the program every year! Bien amicalement!

-Madame Elizabeth Kohl

Arden Theatre Company’s next First Friday event will be TONIGHT – Friday April 6, 2012 5:30-8:00pm. The event will include:

A First Friday crowd enjoying their free beer and performance in our Independence Foundation Studio

  • Performances from “Tell Me A Story” hosted by former APA Hillary Rea. Local actors and storytellers will reveal true stories based on a theme. Secrets are spilled, >discount confessions blurted, and memories shared. Plus one lucky audience member becomes the Wild Card Storyteller, who will tell a tale connected to the evening’s theme.
  • Cyrano-inspired flash duels from Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
  • FREE BEER from Boxcar Brewing Company (one per person, 21+ with ID)
  • Raffle to win tickets to The Scene on Friday May 25, 2012 for Tulipomania: the musical.

Students can buy $5 Tickets to CYRANO with their student ID 5 minutes before showtime at 8:00pm. Limit one per ID, subject to availability.


Stop by and enjoy a free brew on us and an exciting performance you don’t want to miss!

Don’t have any plans for the rest of the evening? Stay and enjoy the 8:00pm performance of our romantic, modern adaptation of Cyrano. This is probably your last chance to see what Philadelphia Weekly calls, “the rare production that will satisfy any theatergoer.”

Eric Hissom as the title character in "Cyrano" running now through April 15, 2012.

by Catherine Logan, Marketing Assistant

It is no secret here at Arden Theatre Company how much I love the story of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. I knew that once I heard the announcement of our 2011-12 Season, Cyrano Translated and Adaptated by Michel Hollinger and Aaron Posner would be my favorite production this year. This classic story of unrequited love, beautiful daring poetry, and exciting swordplay captured my heart at a very young age when I read Rostand’s famous work in Mr. Leventhal’s Honors English class in Middle School.

We have received an overwhelming amount of feedback for this production. Here is what some of our audiences have to say:

We loved Cyrano. What a great adaptation and what great acting. You know what they say about a great show. Make them laugh, Make them cry and send them home happy. –Dennis, Havertown, PA
I was very very pleased with the play. Each character was wonderful and unique. The actor portraying Cyrano was magnificent.  Kudos to him. –Gail, Cherry Hill, NJ 
Wow! I attended with my husband and my daughter who is 9. Cyrano is a favorite story with all of us. We really, really enjoyed the show which prefectly captured the comedy and tragedy of the story. –Lhianna, Philadelphia, PA

Roxane (Jessica Cummings) falling in love with Christian (Luigi Sottille). Little Does she know it is Cyrano (Eric Hissom) who is teaching Christian how to woo her.

This is the third or fourth production of the play that I’ve seen, not counting reading Rostand in French and the various films.  They are all different.  Yours was probably the funniest. This is not a put-down of Eric Hissom, who did a terrific job in the lead, but usually the actor who plays Cyrano is a really good-looking fellow who just has a large nose, whereas in your production, Hissom looks more like an ordinary guy, proboscis or no, so he is more believable in the role. –Joan, Blackwood, NJ


I had come home for spring break from my college (University of Southern California) really craving a good night of theatre…and Cyrano was that and much more.…my only complaint about Cyrano was that it ended. –Zach, Philadelphia, PA


by Emily Poworoznek, Marketing Intern

Hello There,

This is my first official blog post on The Arden’s blog so I should probably introduce myself to the readers out there.

Roxane (Jessica Cummings) and Christian (Luigi Sottile) during the romantic balcony scene.

My name is Emily Poworoznek and I am the Marketing Intern here at Arden Theatre Company. I am currently a senior psychology major and theatre minor at Villanova University and loving every moment of my internship at the Arden.

As a student, I tend to be pretty careful about how I spend my money. I’m always looking for a great deal. Arden Theatre Company offers $5 student rush tickets if you arrive at the theatre 5 minutes before a show, subject to availability. Make sure you bring your student ID to the box office and tickets are limitied to one per ID. Students can come see quality regional theatre for $5! Such a great deal!

Eric Hissom as the title role of "Cyrano" running now until April 15, 2012.

The Arden’s production of Cyrano opened this past week and is already receiving great reviews. Check out this great article in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Theatre Critic Howard Shapiro! Put that Student ID to good use and don’t miss the opportunity to see the Arden’s adaptation of this romantic French classic.

By Angela DuRoss, look Development Director

Last evening was the opening night of Cyrano, a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner.  Sylvan Society members enjoyed a cocktail party prior to the performance at Ristorante Panorama, >clinic one of the Arden’s longtime Dining Partner restaurants.  Frederick W. Anton, III, honorary producer of the production, said a few words during the curtain speech.  The audience celebrated after the show, along with the cast and design team, with a delicious spread by 12th Street Catering and libations from Hatboro Beverage.

Here are some photos from the evening!


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