THE MISANTHROPE Jenkins Theatre
By MolièreTranslated by Richard WilburDirected by Elizabeth Parks
Outraged by the empty flattery and dishonesty of men, Alceste declares he will speakonly truth—no matter who it may offend. Philinte counsels him to temper his rashness,but Alceste claims he can no longer tolerate the two-faced conventions of the world.Ironically, Alceste is enamored with Celimène, whose malicious tongue and unceasingflirtations make her the embodiment of everything Alceste professes to loathe. Upondiscovering Celimène’s scathing commentary on her lovers, Alceste rejects her affectionand declares that he will renounce the world and seek a place where honesty canstill flourish. As the curtain falls, however, he is advised to accept for the best whatcannot be changed for the better.
“One of the masterpieces of comic theatre…” – The Hudson Review