Not unlike our current socio-political landscape, Paris
in the 1660’s was rife with scandal and social abuses. Lawsuits were
rampant and anyone who spoke their truth was subject to being branded a
social outcast, especially our hero, Alceste (rhymes with “pest”) who
refuses to go along to get along!
Unfortunately for him, he happens
to be in love with Celemene, the most sought-after coquette, who
relishes gossip parties and notches her fan with all of her adoring
beaus. With this clash of priorities, hilarity ensues!
Masque Alfresco’s version of The Misanthrope
is adapted by Fayra Teeters to run a little over an hour and features
our renowned commedia dell’arte traditions: slapstick antics, stock
characters, colorful period costumes, while incorporating contemporary
social, political, and celebrity jokes into each performance.
This production features the talents of company regulars:
Erik Montague as the lead Alceste Kenneth Dembo as the
filthy-rich suitor Acaste Fayra Teeters as Arsinoe, the Grand Dame of
Prudes Rian Turner as the diplomatic friend, Philinte
With the addition of outstanding new talent: Laine Wagner as the coquette Celemene Mikayla Albano as her cousin Eliante John Bryant as the poet
Oronte Troy Sawyer as Citandre, the Fop
These FREE performances are family-friendly! Be sure to bring lawn chairs, picnics and your funny bone!
Funded in part by grants from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust, Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Hillsboro Arts and Cultural Council and the Beaverton Arts Program Community Grants.