Cast: 9 (6M/3W)
This modern verse adaptation of Molière's classic comedy is about a man who can't tolerate the superficiality of his peers, yet falls in love with a woman who is the embodiment of everything he hates. Set in the alternative music scene, Alceste is a rising rock star with a taste for blunt truth, and his love interest, Celimene, is a pop singer with aspirations to be a film star. While Alceste manages to alienate everyone with whom he comes into contact, Celimene skillfully manipulates the forces who can make or break her career.
A colorful cast of supporting characters includes:
The adaptation employs contemporary rhyming verse, transposing the wit and humor of the original into a modern vernacular. Optional, added songs (in a contemporary genre) offer windows into the characters and serve as transitions between acts.
This adaptation of The Misanthrope was commissioned and first presented in a workshop staged reading by Pilgrim Center for the Arts, Seattle, in 1996. Alan Craig Di Bona directed.
"Friday's opening-night audience at the world premiere of
Artists Repertory Theatre's updated version of “The Misanthrope” was
treated to something all too rare in the world of theater—the unveiling
of something fresh, smart and exciting."
"The Misanthrope, Moliere's dark and satiric comedy, has been
re-worked into a brilliant modern commentary by Seattle playwright
Lauren Goldman Marshall…. The Misanthrope encapsulates and exposes the
modern entertainment industry while not losing touch with the themes
present in the original text."
For a copy of the script, contact Lauren Marshall. A CD of the original music from the ART production is also available on request. Some subsequent productions have commissioned their own music, which in some cases, may also be available on request. Past productions have variously chosen styles of music to fit the setting of that production, such as techno, classic rock and heavy metal. This is a play with music, not a musical. Use of the songs is optional, though recommended.
Original Material and Coding Copyright © 2011 by Lauren Goldman Marshall. All Rights Reserved.