Performances of Molíere's classic satire, The Misanthrope, will take place in the Robert E. Nims Theatre at the UNO Performing Arts Center beginning Thursday, Sept. 17 and running through Sunday, Sept. 27. Thursday through Saturday, performances begin at 7:30 pm, and Sunday's matinee performance begins at 2:30 pm. The Misanthrope is directed by David W. Hoover and features David Brown as Alceste and Sarah Beth James as Célimène.
Theatre UNO's latest offering is Molíere's satire of polite society in which power plays and cruel gossip are the background for unrequited love and passionate seductions. Alceste, a man of strong convictions, fiercely rejects the artifice of 17th Century French courtly society, isolating himself from this world he views as wholly superficial. The players will explore this theme while transporting the play to the Paris of 1965. Suddenly, Alceste finds himself falling desperately in love with coy and flirtatious Célimène, despite loathing her behavior and reprimanding her constantly. Audiences will be delighted along the journey as they see whether Alceste will stick with his integrity and exile himself forever from a shallow society or whether he will abandon it all for the resolute Célimène, who represents all he so adamantly criticizes.
Other cast members include: John Charles II, Eduardo Sanchez, Ashton Akridge, Meghan Shea, Mitchell Courville, Khali Freeman, Gerardo Hidalgo, and Evan Eyer. This production also showcases the work of Matthew Eberts (Set Design), Mackenzie Franco (Set Design), Diane Baas (Lighting Design), Anthony French (Costume Design), Ashton Akridge (Props) and Joni Bankston (Stage Manager).
The award-winning UNO Department of Film and Theatre is a proud member of National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), founded in 1965 to establish national standards for undergraduate and graduate programs in Theatre and Film, and boasts the only NAST-accredited program in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Theatre UNO is a regular winner at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, an elite year-long competition of university productions from all over the nation, and the University's theater department has produced the highest number of graduates nominated for the city's esteemed Big Easy Entertainment Awards.