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Dec 12, 2005
Dec 12, 2005
Segal Theater

Henry Monnier’s The Tart and the Student

A rare fifteen-minute performance of the nineteenth-century erotic puppet play The Tart and the Student (La Gisette et l’étudiant) by celebrated French satirist, artist, and playwright, Henry Monnier.

Henry Monnier (1799–1877) began his career during the Restoration and July Monarchy as a book illustrator and caricaturist, giving a vivid and faithful picture of French middle-class life in his albums and series of lithographs such as Moeurs administratives and Rencontres parisiennes. He excelled at vignettes of clerks and lawyers and portrayed the simple-minded joys of bourgeois family life. Monnier was also the creator of the immensely popular 19th century cartoon figure, Monsieur Prudhomme.

Performed first in the Erotikon Theatron in Paris in 1862, the play came out in a special limited edition in Brussels as L’Enfer de Joseph Prudhomme. Frightened at his own daring, Monnier denied the authorship of The Tart and the Student, even while he was reading all three roles.

Translated by Daniel Gerould, directed by Amy Trompetter, and performed by students from Barnard College. Presented in connection with the opening of the Monnier exhibition at The Graduate Center’s Art Gallery.

5:30 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2005, Martin E. Segal Theatre