Screening of ‘Roxanne’ launches free events at Two River Theater

One of my Top 10 favorite plays — “Cyrano de Bergerac” —   opens the Two River Theater Company’s 26th season beginning next month.

But the pre-play festivities begin much earlier in Red Bank, NJ. Tonight, as a matter of fact, with a free screening of the film “Roxanne,” an 1987 adaptation of the classic 1897 play by Edmond Rostand .

More than a dozen movies have been based on the the Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, a  French novelist, playwright, epistolarian and duelist.

Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah in “Roxanne.”

The romantic comedy stars  Steve Martin as  C.D.  Bales, who is in love with the beautiful Roxanne, played by Daryl Hannah , who is in love with the handsome Chris, played by  Rick Rossovich.

The NYTimes called it a “thoroughly charming performance,.

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Tickets also available by calling the box office at 732-345-1400

The play runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 13. It was adapted  by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers and will be directed by Meredith McDonough. It is a A co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Additional free events

Poetry Night at Johnny Jazz Park, 6:30, Tuesday, Sept. 10. Cyrano tries to woo his childhood sweetheart, Roxane through wit and words. Community members will read love poems throughout the centuries. In partnership with Red Bank Parks and Recreation.

Adapting Cyrano for Modern Audiences, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Actor Jason O’Connell , who plays Cyrano, will discuss how he and co-adapter Brenda Withers injected a contemporary sensibility and playful irreverence into their streamlined take on Rostand’s classic play, all while staying true to the spirit of the original.

BOOK CLUB: Cyrano, 6:30, Sept. 23. Written in the mid-17th Century by the real-life Cyrano de Bergerac, The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Worlds of the Moon and Sun, a character named Cyrano as he attempts to reach the moon and make contact with the civilization living 238,900 miles away.