Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Chef Daniel Boulud Creates Special Post-Play Dinner FIAF’s Le Skyroom April 13, 2015
Image of Adrienne de Noailles. Credits : Wikipedia
Image of Gilbert du Mortier, Marquis de Lafayette Credits : Wikipedia
The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York, are pleased to announce the April 22-world premiere of Lafayette, a one-act play written by Ian Curteis and directed by John Michael DiResta at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall Theater in New York City. The production is inspired by letters exchanged between the 19-year old Marquis de Lafayette and his young wife, Adrienne de Noailles, during his momentous time in America as a volunteer French soldier, and subsequently as the youngest general in George Washington’s army.
The youthful Lafayette is played by 25 year-old Paul-Emile Cendron, a Shakespearean-trained actor; Cendron was most recently seen on the big screen in the 2015 film, The Judge. Playing Adrienne, Lafayette’s 16-year-old pregnant wife, is Becca Ballenger, a rising star with classical and contemporary stage and screen credits and background.
Immediately following the play’s conclusion at about 9:30 PM, cocktails and a Daniel Boulud-created dinner will be served to conclude the evening atop FIAF’s Le Skyroom, which is only a few minutes away from the Florence Gould Hall Theater. During cocktails, Miles Young, President of Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, Inc., will welcome guests and bring everyone up to date with the latest news about the Hermione 2015 voyage. Then, a lavish, three-course dinner—comprised of an appetizer of White Asparagus from Provence, followed by ‘Le Plat de Resistance’ of Waygu Beef Tenderloin in Black Truffle Jus, and last, a Raspberry Tart with Pistachio Cream—all accompanied by specially selected wines from the portfolio of Moët Hennessy. This post-theater dinner comes with the purchase of a ticket to the play’s world premiere.
This world premiere celebrates and supports the historic return of an authentic, handcrafted and life-size reconstruction of the Hermione, the tall ship that Lafayette sailed to the aid of General Washington in 1780 with news of full French support. The Hermione played a crucial role in the naval blockade that forced the surrender of the British General Cornwallis at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. The reconstructed “Frigate of Freedom” departs Rochefort, France on April 18th, and will be on route, sailing 3,819 miles to land at Yorktown, June 5th as the play is performed. She will sail up the Eastern Seacoast to 11 additional iconic ports and will be accessible to the public.
Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. would like to acknowledge the support and involvement of Moët Hennessy for this event and for its role as the group’s Founding Partner.
|What:||Lafayette, A Play Followed by Opening Night Benefit Dinner, Catered by Chef Daniel Boulud|
|When:||Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm; Cocktails-Dinner, 9:45pm at Le Skyroom (8th Floor. FIAF)|
|Where:||FIAF—Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)|
|Admission:||$400 (tax deductible)|
|Tickets:||800 982 2787 | fiaf.org or contact Barbara Saden at 646-388 6650|
|Information:||212 355 6160 | fiaf.org|
For more information about Hermione’s 2015 Voyage to the United States beginning June 5 in Yorktown, Virginia, please visit: http://www.hermione2015.com/history.html#map
To purchase tickets: