The Franklin Stage Company will launches its 18th season of admission-free professional theater in Franklin with two performances of Francis Poulenc’s one-act opera “La Voix Humaine” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
Based on a 1928 play by Jean Cocteau, a simple phone conversation becomes a thrilling, theatrical tour-de-force, enacted at FSC by soprano Barbara Paterson as “Elle,” according to a media release. Delhi-raised Paterson will be joined by pianist Matthew Odell. The opera will be performed in French with English surtitles.
There is variety on offer at FSC during this 18th season. On Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, FSC will host award-winning storyteller/musician/actor David Gonzalez with two solo shows, “Mytholojazz” and “Aesop Bops!” Then, at 8 p.m. July 5, there will be a reading of solo show “The Tarnation of Russell Colvin,” based on a true and sensational murder trial that took place in 1810 Vermont. The play is written and performed by FSC Associate Artist Oliver Wadsworth.
FSC will welcome back the Mettawee River Theatre Company, at 8 p.m. July 18, It will perform “The Dancing Fox: Wisdom Tales of the Middle East” in its signature style involving live music, dance, masks, puppets, giant figures and magical storytelling outside on the Franklin Central School Playing Field.
July 25 is opening night for FSC’s MainStage production of Molière’s comedy “Tartuffe.” This satire about deception and misplaced faith from 1664 will runs for 14 performances through Aug. 10.
FSC’s rehearsed readings will take center stage in August. First up, the 1994 comedy by Yazmina Reza about the nature of art and dynamics of friendship, “Art,” will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Then for three consecutive nights on Aug. 22, 23 and 24, FSC will presents “Jane Austen on Stage,” stage adaptations of three novels by Jane Austen, “Northanger Abbey,” “Persuasion,” and “Mansfield Park.”