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Bolshakov, Viktor (Russian playwright, 19__-____), “A Subject of the Moon,” a drama in Russian, set in Paris, 1655,


  •  © ____ by Viktor Bolshakov;  •  in Viktor Bolshakov’s A Subject of the Moon (St. Petersburg, Russia: Author, ____);  •  script/rights available from the Kamernyi Theatre, Detskyi kamernyi teatr kukol (Children's chamber puppet theatre), Bazhova str., 9, Moscow, Russia, telephone 095-181-2044.  •  Cited February 5, 2002, via e-mail by Andrey Zinchuk, Blagodatnaja Street 30-58, 196105 St. Petersburg, Russia, e-mail zinchuk@mail.ru or zinchuk@zinchuk.nit.spb.ru, telephone (home) +7 (812) 294-5545, www.theatre.spb.ru, www.newdrama.org.  •  Zinchuk says,

  §  Dramatis Persona Cyrano de Bergerac (m), French playwright and writer, the fact, not the fiction.

  §  Synopsis “The last day in the life of a real historical figure: the great romantic and dreamer Cyrano de Bergerac. It is a day full of doubts, struggles against circumstances, full of poetry and utopian dreams.

  §  Comment “It is a day full of doubts, struggles against circumstances, full of poetry and utopian dreams.”  •  Data for this citation was translated from Russian into English by Dr. Katharine Hodgson, Russian Department, School of Modern Languages, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH, England, telephone 01392 264309, fax 01392 264000, e-mail K.M.Hodgson@exeter.ac.uk.—Synopses, http://www.theatre.spb.ru/newdrama/7_landsk/synopses.htm, accessed May 5, 2002.  •  “Cyrano de Bergerac, Savinien (1619-1655), French writer,  born in Paris. He became a soldier, but soon abandoned this career because of a battle wound. He wrote several tragedies, and then turned his attention to satirical comedies in which he  lampooned the customs and beliefs of his time. De Bergerac  is credited with many duels, often fought over insults to his  unusually large nose, and other escapades which created his reputation as a romantic hero. His most famous works are two   prose fantasies about journeys to the moon and the sun, L'Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune (1656) and L'Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil (1662), which were combined and translated as Voyages to the Moon and Sun (1923) by the British writer Richard Aldington. A fictional verse drama concerning Cyrano and his prominent  nose was written by Edmond Rostand in 1898, and has been adapted for the screen several times.”—cyrano, http://members.tripod.com/AtakanCinar/cyrano.htm, accessed May 6, 2002.  •  Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac premiered December 28, 1897, at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris, with Constant Coquelin in the title rôle. The American premiere occurred October 3, 1898, in the Garden Theater, New York City, with Richard Mansfield as Cyrano.  •  Addresses of Andrey Zinchuk in St. Petersburg, Russia, are www.theatre.spb.ru and www.newdrama.org and 2:5030/106.31@FidoNet. For those who do not speak or write Russian, online translators offer great assistance. Translating Russian into English or English into Russian is possible for free through several Websites:

  • PROMT's Online Translator, http://www.translate.ru/eng/
  • foreignword.com, http://www.foreignword.com/
  • Free Online Translations, http://www.translation-guide.com/free_online_translations.htm
  • Zinchuk regularly communicates online with English-speaking theatre peers through free automatic translators.

      §  Themes de Bergerac (Cyrano de Bergerac, French playwright and writer, 1619-1655), death, dream, poetry, Rostand (Edmond Rostand, French playwright, author of the famous play Cyrano de Bergerac, born Marseilles, France, 1869-died, Southern France, 1918).

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