When theater impresario Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (better known by his stage-name, Molière) premiered The Misanthrope in 1666, he may have understood just how timeless the work was. Richard Wilbur certainly did when he decided to translate the centuries old comedy into English verse in 1952. Now, in 2019, the themes of Molière’s best known work still yet stand the test of time.
In keeping with its mission to bring thought provoking theater to the South Sound, Lacey based theater company Goldfinch Productions brings the most celebrated play by the “French Shakespeare” to The Evergreen State College and the community.
Outraged and disheartened by the vain flattery and calculated duplicity of modern society, Alceste declares that henceforth he will speak only the truth—no matter what offense this might give. The young widow Célimène, whose malicious tongue and unceasing coquetry make her the embodiment of the very situation he professes to detest, holds the discontented heart of our anti-hero. Ultimately Alceste's directness involves him in a lawsuit, and then a showdown with Célimène. Self-righteously he declares that he will renounce the world and seek a place where honesty can still flourish. In the end, we are left pondering the existence of virtuous hypocrisy and the value of learning to hold one’s tongue.
Zacchaeus Vines as Alceste “the Misanthrope”
Jonathan Hart as Célimène
Miranda Matson-Jewett as Philinte
Ian Suchon as Eliante
Rebekah Bonnett as Clitandre
Becki Pérez as Acaste
Eva Jane as Arsinoé
Jeremy Holien as Oronte
Tom Lockhart as DuBois
Kevin McManus as Basque
Friday, October 4 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, October 5 @ 3:00pm
Saturday, October 5 @ 7:00pm
Friday, October 11 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, October 12 @ 3:00pm
Saturday, October 12 @ 7:00pm
The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW
Communications Building, Room 332
Olympia, WA 98505
$17 at the Door
$15 pre-sale online (link available above!)
$10 Rush (available 10 minutes prior to show, while supplies last)
$5 Students with high school or college I.D.
Goldfinch Productions, a 501c3 nonprofit theater company