THE LEARNED LADIES
directed by James Peck
faculty spotlight performance: Francine Roussel
Feb. 20-23, 2014
“Thinking is all this household thinks about!”
Can a woman be both a devoted wife and a devoted scholar? Molière’s 1672 satire of cultural pretentiousness asks the question, in one of the great playwright’s most deliciously quick-witted comedies.
Henriette and Clitandre wish to marry. Her father and uncle are in favor of the match, but the women of her family are obsessed with the allure of salon culture, and wish for her to marry Trissotin, a pompous but mediocre poet. Henriette must decide whether she should live life as a highly educated but unhappy woman, or whether she can continue her education without sacrificing love.
Director James Peck brings a distinctly feminist sensibility to the production, in part by casting women in all of the roles. The production features an adaptation by acclaimed translator Richard Wilbur where “words dance delectably!” (NY Times)
T hursday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
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