The University of Massachusetts Amherst
HFA - College of Humanities & Fine Arts view HFA submenu

The Misanthrope

Nine people in different squares looking in different directions

Written by Molière, adapted by Constance Congdon ‘82G
Directed by Mary Corinne Miller

Rand Theater

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Half-Price Preview at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 21, 2016, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Student Matinee at 10:00 am
Thursday, October 27, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 28, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2016, Performance at 2 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm

Why put on a comedy written 350 years ago? Because these characters are still funny today — we see them on our TV screens in many contemporary comedies. Alceste is the neurotic introvert who simultaneously craves isolation and connection. His object of desire is Célimène, a social butterfly who carefully curates her image in a way any Instagram star would envy. She’s got Alceste and the painfully hip Oronte on the hook, along with countless others, while her best frenemy, Arsinoé, attempts to manipulate the situation so she can win Alceste for herself. Come enjoy a backstage pass to a live studio taping of the comedy “The Misanthrope” and see how pointedly Molière’s snarky observations about love and friendship translate to relationships played out in the context of our screen-obsessed modern-day world.

Production credits

Director: Mary Corinne Miller
Dramaturg: Claudia Nolan
Set Designer: Jessica Ford
Costume Designer: Christina Beam
Lighting Designer: Tamara Harris
Sound Designer: Allysen Parent
Video Designer: Tristan Donohue
Stage Manager: Michael Smith
Voice and Text Coach: Julie Nelson

Associate Set Designer: Athena Parella
Assistant Director: Evyn Newton
Assistant Costume Designer: Richard Nguyen
Assistant Video Designer: Kylee Denesha
Assistant Stage Managers: Amanda Rae Barnes and Tatiana Rodriguez