Not only funny and entertaining, “The Misanthrope” is also a smart and clever commentary on human nature and society.
November 18, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Theater students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will roar into the 1920s with their production of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” this weekend. Nine students make up the cast for the comedy set in Paris in the Halcyon days “somewhere between the catastrophe of war and the despair of the depression.” Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. General admission is $5, tickets available at the door.
The show is directed by David Dannenfelser, theatre director at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, who says “Misanthrope” is “not only funny and entertaining but smart and clever commentary on human nature and society.” He explains playwright Moliere is best known for his comedies, which are poignant commentaries on the shortcomings of the French upper class during the 17th century but this production has been revamped to take place in the 1920s. Dannenfelser compares the two time periods. “The eventual fall of the monarchy in the French Revolution of 1784 and the catastrophic crash of the stock market in 1929 were like bookends for each age, both ending in violence, loss and a sense of uncertainty for the future,” he said.
The cast includes Tim Mele, a junior from Wrentham, Mass., as Alceste; Paul McNeil, a sophomore from Spencer, Mass., as Philinte; Matthew Johnston, a sophomore from Skaneateles, N.Y., as Oronte; Kelly Burke, a sophomore from Thornton, Colo., as Celimene; Megan Sinz, a senior from Hatfield, Pa., as Basque / Arsinoe; Karen Harvey, a junior from Londonderry, N.H., as Eliante; Andrew Holt, a sophomore from Boston, Mass., as Acaste; Winthrop Roosevelt, a first-year from Boston, Mass., as Clitandre; and Kate Delp, a sophomore from Kinderhook, N.Y., as a Guard / Dubois.