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Clive Owen

At Everyman Theatre, a chance meeting

At Everyman Theatre, a chance meeting

What Vincent Lancisi did on his summer vacation was stumble into the creative scoop of his life.

In June, Lancisi and his wife, Robin, were on the tail end of a two-week tour through France. He had just finished directing "Noises Off" at Everyman Theatre, the Baltimore troupe he founded in 1990. Sitting in the front seat of a van cruising through southern France, Robin casually asked the driver-guide where he was originally from.

Hungary, replied Csaba Meresz. Robin followed up: How did he get to France?

"I was a driver for a famous man," Meresz said. "There is a movie about him with Jeremy Irons, called 'M. Butterfly.'"