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By Hoyt Hilsman

Lindy Nisbet, Beans Morocco and Kent Stoddard

Costume Designer
Scenic Designer
Lighting Designer
Assistant Director
Original Music Composed and
Perfomed by

Randal Hoey
Barbara Beckley
Sherry Linnel
Tom Buderwitz
Bob Heller
Richard L. Pedersen

Eric Allaman

CAST (in order of appearance):

Stendhal (pseudonym of 
Marie-Henri Beyle), a writer
Claude, his servant
Mme. Jules Gaulthier, a friend of Stendhal
Antoine Berthet, a farm boy
Tutor, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars
Abbe, Prefect of the Seminary at Grenoble
M. Michoud, Mayor of a 
small town near Grenoble
Mme. Michoud, his wife
Prison Guard

John Apicella
Vince Acosta
Ruth Crawford
Kent Stoddard
Keith Mills
Don Woodruff

Beans Morocco
Lindy Nisbet
Vince Acosta
Vince Acosta
Keith Mills
Vince Acosta
Vince Acosta
D.J. Wendell
Kimberly Nelson
Catherine Clark
Peter Hutcheson
Phil Dorr

The play takes place in Paris and Grenoble from 1827 to 1828.


Scene 1: Stendhal’s Apartment in Paris
Scene 2: Antoine’s Hayloft
Scene 3: The Seminary
Scene 4: The Michoud Living Room
Scene 5: Stendhal’s Apartment
Scene 6: The Michoud Living Room
Scene 7: The Michoud Living Room
Scene 8: The Bedrooms of Antoine and Mme. Michoud
Scene 9: The Michoud Living Room
Scene 10: Stendhal’s Apartment
Scene 11: Antoine’s Bedroom
Scene 12: The Michoud Living Room and Antoine’s Bedroom
Scene 13: Stendhal’s Apartment


Scene 1: Stendhal’s Apartment
Scene 2: The Seminary
Scene 3: The Chapel at the Seminary
Scene 4: Antoine’s Room at the Seminary
Scene 5: A Village Church
Scene 6: A Hotel Cafe in Grenoble
Scene 7: A Courtroom in Grenoble
Scene 8: Antoine’s Prison Cell
Scene 9: The City Square in Grenoble
Scene 10: Epilogue


Author’s Note

On the night of October 25th, 1829, Marie-Henri Beyle, a French writer whose many pseudonyms included "Stendhal" set about to write Le Rouge et Le Noir (The Red and the Black), which he finished in only a few months. He had been inspired by an article in La Gazette de Tribinaux, a popular courtroom newspaper, about the trial of Antoine Berthet, a young seminarian from Grenoble.

France in 1829 was near the end of the Bourbon Restoration, which had restored the monarchy after the fall of Napoleon. The Catholic Church had great secular power at the time, and Stendhal, among others, considered the Bourbon Charles X merely a puppet of the Church. The July Revolution of 1830, which sent Charles X into exile and restored parliamentary rule to France, occurred a few months before Le Rouge et Le Noir was published.

Although Stendhal’s novel caused a brief scandal because of its attack on French politics and morality, it soon disappeared into obscurity, along with the rest of his work. Only the dedicated efforts of a small group of his friends, including Mme. Jules Gaulthier, kept his books in print. Finally, at the end of the nineteenth century, Stendhal’s work, particularly Le Rouge et Le Noir, was recognized as an important contribution to French literature and as a precursor to the modern psychological novel.

hy*poc*ri*sy — a pretense of having desirable or publicly approved attitudes, beliefs, etc. that one does not actually possess.

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