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Discover “Francine’s World” on August 21 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 14, 2006

The acting career of Francine Clark will be explored at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. On Monday, August 21 at 7:30 pm, scenes from plays performed at the famed Comédie Française will be presented in English with the help of actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tickets are $20 ($15 members, $10 students) and may be purchased from the Clark’s museum shop during regular hours or by calling the box office at 413-458-0524.

Organized in collaboration with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, this entertaining evening will honor the talent and heritage of Francine Clary, who became Francine Clark. After a brief introduction to the prestigious Comédie Française and Francine’s career, WTF actors including Roger Rees and Lisa Harrow will present scenes from four classic French plays in which Francine acted.

Francine Clark’s theatrical career with the Comédie Française, the state theater of France, spanned 1904 to 1910. She was an accomplished actress, performing in 40 plays, and was best known for her comedic roles.

Rees is in his second season as artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He gained international attention for his portrayal of the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) London, Broadway and television productions of “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” which earned him Tony and Olivier awards and an Emmy nomination. On television, Rees had recurring roles on “West Wing” as Lord John Marbury and on “Cheers” as Robin Colcord, and he has appeared in more than 50 films.

Harrow, a native of New Zealand, is an established stage actress in Britain, where she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 1969. She’s know for her award-winning turn as a writer whose world is shaken by the arrival of her sister in Gillian Armstrong's "The Last Days of Chez Nous" and in Jonathan Nossiter's "Sunday" (1997). Harrow attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the RSC. Harrow had one of her best roles in the title role of "Nancy Astor," the American-born woman who became a member of Parliament (BBC, 1982; PBS, 1984).

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays from September to June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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