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Multimedia show explores man behind the fairy tales By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer The darker side of the world of author Hans Christian Andersen comes to life with the East Coast premiere of “The Andersen Project,” a one-man show/ multimedia production running June 11-13 at the Merriam Theater. Written by openly gay Quebec City-based writer, director and actor Robert Lepage, “The Andersen Project” is inspired by two of Andersen’s stories: “The Dryad” and “The Shadow.” Yves Jacques, an openly gay award-winning stage and film actor, performs all the characters in the show, some representing Andersen at different stages in his life. “I play two major characters,” Jacques said: “a French-Canadian who is very naïve and comes to Paris for the first time. Then I’m playing

this director of the Paris Opera who is a darker character. It’s all about loneliness and wanting to do new things. That’s what Robert wants to tell with Andersen’s own life. He was a lonely guy and he wanted to be approved away from home. I think it’s a lot about Robert’s own feelings.” Jacques said Lepage uses those two stories to shine a light on the darker and little-known side of life of the 19th-century author best known for writing children’s stories like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling.” “As Robert would say, Andersen would put a lot of himself in these stories,” Jacques said. “‘The Dryad’ is Andersen. Andersen is a kind of dryad who wants to go to Paris and see this beautiful city and the world exhibition. He’s naïve and thinks the world is better away from home and that is not always

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true. ‘The Shadow’ would be the dark side because Andersen would have problems in his own life being approved in Denmark. He would knock on theater doors to try to write for theater and nobody would like him. He was some kind of a shadow in the Copenhagen neighborhoods.” Jacques added that because Andersen was bisexual, the production also explores questions of sexuality and the solitude that comes with fame. “Robert had to tell Andersen’s sexuality because he wanted everyone to know,” he said. “The Queen of Denmark wanted Robert Lepage to write a theater play about Andersen. But Robert didn’t want to do it until he found that Andersen had a dark side and he wanted to be approved away from his home. He was very interested and thought it was very interesting that this guy would write for children and never liked children. He actually had a notebook that would mark the times that he would masturbate, while he Team Philadelphia presents a week+ of sports showcasing the Philadelphia LGBT Community. For further info: www.

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was this kind of beautiful figure doing Molière, so I was very happy being a writer for children. At the to meet [Lepage] and work with time, he had this weird sexual life. him.” “The Andersen Project” runs June He would never have any love affair with anyone and he never had 11-13 at the Merriam Theater, 250 any sexual activity with any human S. Broad St. For more information beings. He wasn’t living a normal or tickets, visit www.kimmelcenter. life for someone who would writes org or call (215) 790-5847. ■ for children.” Jacques said he’s privileged to Larry Nichols can be reached at work on a production like “The Andersen Project” for Lepage — who has also directed tours for Peter Gabriel and created shows for Cirque du Soleil — and enjoys the challenge of performing outside the confines of traditional theater. “It makes you better as an actor to experience this new way of doing theater,” he said. “It’s very modern. I’m more from a classical way YVES JACQUES IN “THE ANDERSEN PROJECT” Photo: Em Valette of acting. I’ve been Saturday June 13 Get Ready for Gay Games VIII Martial Arts Event

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PGN June 5 - 11, 2009 edition  

The Philadelphia Gay News covers news and entertainment serving the GLBT community in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

PGN June 5 - 11, 2009 edition  

The Philadelphia Gay News covers news and entertainment serving the GLBT community in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond.