To help celebrate French National Week Nov. 4-11, The University of Texas-Pan American French Club will hold a fundraiser in the form of a repeat performance of the play "Paris Panam," originally written and performed by seniors and graduate students in the French Theater class in May 2003 at the University.
The play will be performed Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. There is no ticket for admission, but a donation will be expected from the guests attending the performance. Funds raised will go to the UTPA Friends for French Studies which provides scholarship funds held by the UTPA Foundation.
"The play was such a success in May that the schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley asked us to produce the performance again," said Dr. Stella Behar, associate professor of French at UTPA.
The title chosen by the performers, "Paris Panam," is drawn by the homophony between the French nickname of Paris -"Paname" - and the nickname of UTPA - "Pan Am." Entirely in French, the play is a collage and an adaptation of several theater pieces, poems and songs from the classical repertoire of French literature and theater including works from Marguerite Duras, Paul Eluard, Feydeau, Molière and Edmond Rostand.
The play's plot involves RGV students experiencing a cultural exchange in Paris and discovering different aspects of the Parisian culture. At the same time the host families are trying to get acquainted with the specifics of South Texas culture.
According to Behar, even those that do not speak French will enjoy the play.
"The dances, songs and theatrical performances allow an audience not familiar with the language to still follow the story," Behar said.
For additional information, contact Behar at 956/381-2106, 956/381-3441 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org