Au pays des Citrons, vivait un peuple amer, grognon, grondeur et

rouspéteur, levé du pied gauche, souillé par l'excrément canin.

Cette nation acide, cette agrume humaine à l'écorce épaisse et

rugueuse dont la pulpe était peu juteuse, maugréait sans fin sa

Supériorité. Car ce citron ronchon avait une haute opinion de sa

Personne. Depuis la Philosophie des Lumières, ses graines de type

Pépin dans ses loges carpellaires, le rendaient arrogant et

Solitaire. Tout prétexte était bon pour plomber le moral d'un

Autre citron. C'était d'ailleurs le sport national.

Et dans cette râlerie collective, dans cette flagornerie blessante,

Mordante, humiliante, la rue était devenue son théâtre :

Il y mangeait bio en balançant sa clop

Et en galant citron-coq, il sifflait sa salope !


Lorelei Zarifian

Lorelei is double trained as an operetta singer and a French literature teacher in Paris. She studied vocal technic in Paris and Modern Languages at Sorbonne University and Paris 8 University where she received her Masters degree. From 1995 to 1999 she wrote and played a poetic one-woman show in the old cabarets of Paris then from 2000-2005, she received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation and sang in France, Brazil and Italy with musicians from eleven countries united by the Foundation.

In 2003, she performed Mozart’s arias at Gaveau Hall in Paris with pianist François Dumont. In 2005, she played CUPID in the fairy-opera “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach in Trianon Theater. In 2008, she toured Armenia, singing French operettas with the Foundation Albert de Monaco. In 2009, she moved to New York City and performed Maurice Ravel songs at Steinway Hall and other venues for the Armenian Embassy. In 2011 she was in Costa Rica to sing French repertoire such as Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand’ and Benoit Menut’s songs.

Finally in 2014 she performed “The Vagina Monologues” a play by Eve Ensler at the Henegar Center. In 2018, she started to publish books on Amazon and had the luck to meet Monica Toro and Jenora Duprey at the Viera Studio For the Performing Arts who helped her staged her first play in English: EXCUSE MY FRENCH!