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Free Film at the Lyceum 6/9 – Lafayette | News Release | City of Alexandria

Shown once in each port, in advance of the arrival of L’Hermione

As part of the City of Alexandria’s celebration of the French Ship, L’Hermione, arriving in port, enjoy a special FREE film screening of the stage performance, LAFAYETTE, Tuesday, June 9 at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum. No advance tickets are required.  This special screening will be shown once in each port, in advance of the arrival of L’Hermione, so don’t miss this opportunity!  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and a special historical overview of Lafayette and his role in the American Revolution will be presented by noted historian and author Marc Leepson starting at 7:30 p.m.  Leepson will follow up the 55-min video with a “talk back” chat.

LAFAYETTE  is a play dramatically woven from the letters between Gilbert du Motier Marquis de Lafayette, and his young wife,  Adrienne de Noailles. It is the story of an eccentric young man who operated against family and class to become the first ally of the upstart American nation; turning the tide of the War of Independence by securing full French support from his reluctant King, Louis XVI. But it is also the story of a young couple, just out of their teens, who struggle across an ocean with separation, love, abandonment, child loss and who reunite in political brinksmanship to save the American Revolution.  The play ends with Lafayette boarding his famous “freedom frigate” Hermione to America.

LAFAYETTE was written by Ian Curteis, longtime Director of Drama for the BBC with over 100 credits in British and American television. Curteis is “one of the most highly regarded TV playwrights, specializing in political drama,” according to the BBC.   

This event is part of the City of Alexandria’s celebration of its French connection, with events through June 14.  The French tall ship L’Hermione will be docking in Alexandria June 10-12.  For more information and other commemoration events, please visit www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/hermione.

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