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La Clorise

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Here is a title page from a printed edition of Balthazar Baro's Pastoralle "La Clorise" printed by A. de Sommaville in Paris in 1634 from the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, retouched by me in preparation to create a "playbill" f…

Here is a title page from a printed edition of Balthazar Baro's Pastoralle "La Clorise" printed by A. de Sommaville in Paris in 1634 from the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, retouched by me in preparation to create a "playbill" for my upcoming Cyrano production.

Well , I missed Sunday but since I desperately need a distraction from the current Austin situation, here is your weekly Cyrano de Bergerac Tidbit. _______

The Play Cyrano de Bergerac begins as a large group of people descend on the Hôtel Bourgogne to see a production of the play "La Clorise" by Baltimore Baro. As the old Citizen phrases it in Act 1,


Scene 1.

THE CITIZEN’S SON (to his father): What’s playing?

THE CITIZEN: Clorise.

THE CITIZEN’S SON: Ah, yes. Who’s the writer?

THE CITIZEN: Monsieur Balthazar Baro. What a play! A splendid piece of theater, my son.

When Cyrano appears on in Scene 3, he unfortunately contradicts the old Citizen.

THE CITIZEN (behind him): But how can you be so unscrupulous. To deprive us of our Clorise!

CYRANO (turning in his chair, towards the citizen): Old fool! This Baro play is mediocre fare I cannot feel remorse in ending it Only relief.

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Here is a title page from a printed edition of Balthazar Baro's Pastoralle "La Clorise" printed by A. de Sommaville in Paris in 1634 from the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, retouched by me in preparation to create a "playbill" for my upcoming Cyrano production.

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