Events Calendar

Live Performance of "Voltaire and Frederick: A Life in Letters"


Presented by Center for European Studies

Location: Adolphus Busch Hall, 29 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
Parking: none

On Sale Date: 10/18/2012
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222


Commissioned in honor of Frederick II¹s 300th birthday, ³Voltaire and Frederick: A Life in Letters² is an overview of the pen-pal friendship between these two great thinkers that spanned almost half a century. The play is made up of selected letter exchanges between the great French-European Philosopher and the Royal Prince (and later King) of Prussia, beginning when the latter was a mere 24 years old (and the former 42) and ending with the eulogy Frederick II wrote in memoriam of Voltaire¹s death in 1778.

The play is commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Boston in partnership with French Cultural Services in Boston. Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, it features American Repertory Theater founding member Thomas Derrah and Actor¹s Shakespeare Project founding member John Kuntz.