UTPA French Students present a new play, "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," May 4
Posted: 04/25/2013
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Students from The University of Texas-Pan American's French program will perform their new play, "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the UTPA's Student Union Theater.

Dr. Stella Béhar, professor of French and coordinator of the French Program at UTPA, pictured far left, poses with students in her class who will perform their play, "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," May 4 at the Student Union Theater.

Inspired by Tom Hooper's recent movie "Les Misérables," "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," retraces major political upheavals that shaped French history and democracy from 1789 through 1968. Dr. Stella Béhar, UTPA professor of French and coordinator of the University's French Program, used famous French songs, skits, and poems to offer the audience an overall view of these historical events.

The 15 students from the Theater Practice in French class will perform the medley of songs and theater excerpts from Moliere, Raymond Devos, and Jean Tardieu, punctuated by musical interludes.

This performance is a gift of cultural diversity to the Rio Grande Community from the UTPA French section in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. It is also a way to anticipate the upcoming celebration of Cinco de Mayo, when the French Zouaves were defeated by the Mexicans.

At this event, the best students of French from Rio Grande Valley high schools will be recognized, as well as the numerous students who got national recognition at the Grand Concours (2012 and 2013) of the American Association of Teachers of French.

The performance is supported by the French Club of McAllen. Admission is free and a door prize will conclude this cultural celebration.

For more information, please contact Béhar at