Mar 06 2014

Play Depicts Life of 15th Century French Rebel Poet Francois Villon

Seeing a play about a 15th century poet might not be at the top of your to-do list this weekend but once you hear about the life of Francois Villon you may very well change your mind. The play, simply titled, Villon, written by award winning playwright and director, Murray Mednick, and is being performed at the Odyssey Theater, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. West LA 90025 from now till March 23rd.

Mednick describes Villon as a “tremendous contradiction. He was plucked out of the gutter and educated in the Church and at the University of Paris, only to become a bandit and a murderer. He was a Catholic scholar who could write great religious poetry alongside the bawdiest of ballads. He was pardoned by the King because his poetry was so magnificent.”

Born in 1431 to a poverty stricken family, Villon went on to become a world renowned poet who was also described as a “boozing, murderous scoundrel,” and today, as a “medieval punk-rock star.”

GUEST: Among the play’s extremely talented cast is Gray Palmer, a former taxi driver and labor organizer, who plays the role of Villon’s foster father. Palmer describes Villon as “the original rapper, creating rhyming poetry out of street talk.”

The play, is currently playing at The Odyssey Theater, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. West LA 90025 from now till March 23rd. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and on Sundays at 7pm.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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