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Synopsis

In October 1916, American aviator Norman Prince (1887-1916) succumbed to wounds inflicted during the crash of his Nieuport combat aircraft during WWI. This imaginary monologue represents Norman in the hospital during his last three days and evokes his commitment as an American volunteer in the service of France. Its objective is to deepen our understanding of the fallen hero and his relationship with his environment, comrades of the air squadron (Escadrille Lafayette) he helped create, and fellow citizens whose country is in the last days of its WWI neutrality.


About Norman Prince

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Norman Prince was born on August 31, 1887 in Beverly, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1911. In January 1915, Norman, who spoke fluent French, sailed to France, and persuaded the French to allow the founding of the American Escadrille (squadron) in April 1916. Norman Prince was involved in 122 aerial combat engagements in which he was officially credited with five victories. Prince was awarded the French Legion of Honor, Médaille Militaire, and Croix de Guerre. Prince was severely injured and died on October 15, 1916. His body was returned to the United States and buried in an elaborate tomb at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.










About Richard Sewell

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Maine-born Richard Sewell, was a founder (1970) and for many years a director and actor at The Theater at Monmouth, a union classical repertory theater, and a professor of theater at Colby College (1974 - 2002). He's had the luck and joy to direct over half the works of Shakespeare (some several times) and works by Aeschylus, Euripides, Dekker, Molière, Sheridan, Golding, Wilde, Shaw, Anouilh, Giraudoux, Synge, O'Neill, Beckett, and Brecht. His adaptation of Lessing's Nathan the Wise played at The Pearl Theatre (NYC) in 2002 and was revived there in 2006.











About Jean-Claude Redonnet

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Jean-Claude Redonnet is a cultural historian with experience in academia as well as diplomacy. He has published non-fiction books on the importance of international relations at individual and collective levels. His most recent contributions with a strong intergenerational message in English and French, include plays, Les Monologues de Jeanne Amiel, femme pyrénéenne (2014), Jeanne et Osithée, parallèles croisées (2015), Rendez-Vous at Moscou (2016), A Prince in Sky-Blue Uniform (2018) based on the interplay of history, culture, and memory, as well as children's books Mirabel, Cat of the World (2017), and The Cat and Dog Fable (2018). He lives in Falmouth, Maine.

"I have written the current text, A Prince in Sky-Blue Uniform, to pay homage to a young American who volunteered during WWI on the Western Front. Through this narrative about war and sacrifice, and its message of dedication and courage, I have endeavored to go deep into the motivations, hopes, but also doubts and questions of young people who were ready to leave behind their friends and families, and turn their backs on their sometimes very comfortable and easy lives, to join a conflict that many of their contemporaries claimed was not theirs. Some served in hospitals and ambulance services, others under arms in the trenches and in the air like Norman, embracing the cause of freedom."
(JCR)


About David Bliss

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David Bliss is a Portland-based actor and artist. The majority of his time onstage is usually spent at The Theater Project in Brunswick, Maine, with some of his most recent shows and roles being: Radium Girls as Mr. Lee, Shakespeare's As You Like It as Jaques, and Inherit the Wind as Bertram Cates. This is the second script of Jean-Claude's he has had the fortune of helping bring to life, and he hopes you enjoy this show as much as he's enjoyed working on and learning about it!



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