American Theater In Paris
Under the direction of Julie DELAURENTI, Tiffany HOFSTETTER, and Clarence TOKLEY, The Big Funk Company’s intent is to bring American theater to France and to present multilingual productions (theater and film) to the French- and English-speaking communities using works from great American authors. The BFC presents plays in English and French while working with actors from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
THE BIG FUNK COMPANY was created in 2011 following a Bilingual Acting Workshop production of "THE BIG FUNK" by John Patrick SHANLEY, directed by Sei SHIOMI. After the BFC’s first production, a short film inspired by ON THE WATERFRONT directed by Julie DELAURENTI, Julie had the privilege of working with John Patrick Shanley, as his assistant director on his Off Broadway play "STOREFRONT CHURCH", at the Atlantic Theater in 2012.
Shanley then offered the company his latest work, a collection of 5 never-before-seen one-act plays called "IN MY OTHER LIFE" . This first theatrical production directed by Julie DELAURENTI, with an original soundtrack composed and created by Cécile DE LAURENTIS was performed in Paris for two seasons and at the 2014 Avignon Theater Festival.
Since then the BFC has taken off in the theater scene in France, with original work such as DOG CAT STORY written and directed by Julie DELAURENTI performed in Paris at the Alhambra in 2014, American classics such as UN TRAMWAY NOMME DESIR (A Streetcar Named Desire) by Tennessee WILLIAMS, directed by Manuel OLINGER, with Francis LALANNE, created for the 2016 Avignon Theater Festival, and AMERICAN WEDNESDAYS - full length plays at the Theatre de Dix Heures.
The BFC is also proud to present American Events in Paris including: AMERICAN SUNDAYS, Brunch and Theater in partnership with The Ensemble Studio Theatre at the Théâtre du Lucernaire; and THEATER FRIDAYS, play readings and Wine in partnership with the American Center for Art and Culture.
The BFC has the privilege of working alongside a brilliant group of talented and international artists, which allows us to bring great work to our faithful audiences.
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