Skip to main content
Test

The Real Cyrano: The Man Behind the Legend

Robert Fuller, Dramaturg

c

One of the most surprising things I discovered while researching this play is that Cyrano, and most of the people featured in the original play, were based off of real people living during the 16th century. This offered new depth to these characters and a new appreciation for the play by Edmond Rostand. Hector Savinien de Cyrano was born on March 6, 1619, in Paris France. He grew up with his cousin, Madeleine Robineau, who would inspire Roxanne, the woman Cyrano is in love with in the play. At the age of six, he would meet his lifelong friend, Henry Le Bret. These two would have a large impact on him throughout his life. As an adult, Cyrano would join the French Guards, and serve along side Anton de Gramont, the Count of Guiche, who was known for being married to the niece of Cardinal Richileu, a famous advisor to the King of France. He would also serve with a young soldier named Christophe De Neuvillette, who was portrayed as an important figure in Rostand's play. During his time in the French Guards, Cyrano would gain a reputation as a great sword fighter. After being wounded twice in battle, Cyrano retired from the Guards, and devoted his life to writing. His comedic plays, newspaper writings, and philosophical works would inspire many famous playwrights and philosophers, such as Moliere and Voltaire. He passed away on July 28, 1655. Years later, his biography was published by Le Bret, and eventually read by Edmond Rostand, who chose to immortalize him in his Comedy in Five Acts, Cyrano De Bergerac. When you see the play, watch for the similarities and the differences between the characters on stage and the people who inspired them. If you were writing a play, who would inspire your characters?

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

Presents and Presence

December 03, 2022 08:05 AM
One of the first things many people think of when they hear the word Christmas is gifts. Gifts and Christmas have been interchangeable for a very long time in our world’s history. But over time, what people think of as gifts has shifted. Each new era or generation defines it differently. There were monetary gifts such as gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the days of Christ, when all things were handcrafted and only the wealthiest of people could have precious ore or spices from distant lands. Or perhaps, during the great wars of the twentieth century, a gift of war bonds was precious when patriotism and the survival of the world made things like toys seem trivial to many. Now, everyone wants the latest iPhone or the newest technology. Throughout our lives, what we want also changes. Gifts shift from toys, games, and candy to technology or clothes–all inconsequential things that provide short-term entertainment. However, all of these things fade and have less impact on our true joy. Joy can really be found in the simple things of life.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection= overrideCardHideByline= overrideCardHideDescription= overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Cultural Exchanges

December 03, 2022 07:15 AM
During planning for Christmas Around the World, Jeanette reached out to people who had the opportunity to tour and represent the United States this summer. I had the opportunity to go to tour in Spain with American Rhythm and the opportunities we had to meet people and learn about their cultures and their experiences, were truly incredible. We were asked about our experiences with meeting other people and what it was like to share cultural gifts with them. These questions were used to get answers from dancers and their answers were in the videos and audio you will see and hear throughout the show. These are the more detailed versions of my personal answers.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection= overrideCardHideByline= overrideCardHideDescription= overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

Gifts of Music and Cultures: Poland

December 02, 2022 10:02 PM
Throughout our time in Spain we had the opportunity to meet so many people from all around the world. From Mexico, Poland, Bulgaria, and of course Spain, we were able to meet so many amazing people and make so many amazing connections. We didn’t all speak the same language, many of them didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak many of their languages. So relying on the power of song and dance, we were able to connect through different aspects.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection= overrideCardHideByline= overrideCardHideDescription= overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=