QUINTESSENCE THEATRE GROUP
AMES ADAMSON*, CHRISTOPHER BURKE*, SEAN CLOSE, KHRIS DAVIS,
SONJA FIELD, DANIEL FREDRICK, MATTIE HAWKINSON*, E. ASHLEY IZARD,
and JOHN WILLIAMS
Adapted by MARTIN CRIMP
As part of THE CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE REPERTORY:
presented in repertory with GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’s ARMS AND THE MAN
Quintessence Theatre Group finishes its third season with the Chocolate & Champagne Repertory: Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN in rotation with Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE, directed by Alexander Burns.
THE MISANTHROPE will begin previews on Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm and open on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm.
THE MISANTHROPE by Molière, Adapted by Martin Crimp
April 24 – May 26, 2013; Opening Night: May 4, 2013
A celebrated playwright uses his acerbic wit and scathing critiques to unleash his discontent at humanity. Unsettled by his movie actress girlfriend’s continued flirtation with other men, he suggests running away and starting a new life free from the superficiality, hypocrisy, and immorality of modern society. Celebrated British playwright Martin Crimp (ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE, THE COUNTRY, IN THE REPUBLIC OF HAPPINESS) moves Molière’s social satire from 17th century France to 21st century London, sharpening the bite of one of the world’s most controversial and humorous playwrights.
As Quintessence Theatre Group works to establish a resident repertory ensemble, Quintessence regulars Khris Davis and John Williams will lead this nine actor repertory ensemble. Mr. Davis, who played the title role in Quintessence’s acclaimed OTHELLO this past fall, Haemon in ANTIGONE, and Lorenzo in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, will play Bluntschli in ARMS AND THE MAN. Mr. Williams, previously seen as the Prologue in ANTIGONE and Sganarelle in DON JUAN, will play the title role in THE MISANTHROPE. Quintessence also welcomes back ensemble favorites Sean Close (Roderigo in OTHELLO) and Daniel Fredrick (the titular role in THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, Cassio in OTHELLO).
They are joined by Mattie Hawkinson* in her Quintessence and Philadelphia debut as Louka in ARMS AND THE MAN and American film actress Jennifer in THE MISANTHROPE. Also making their Quintessence debuts are Christopher Burke* (as Sergius and Julian), Sonja Field (as Raina and Ellen), E. Ashley Izard (as Catherine and Marcia) and Philadelphia favorite Ames Adamson* (as Major Petkoff and Alex).
The artistic team includes costume designer Jane Casanave, lighting designer David Sexton, dialect coach Hazel Bowers, and SAFD Fight Master Ian Rose.
THE MISANTHROPE plays April 24 – May 26. A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will be presented on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00pm. A post-show discussion with the cast and director will take place on Thursday, May 16.
Tickets are $30, $20 for seniors (65 and over), $15 for youth (25 and under). There are $10 industry and student rush tickets available at the box office one hour before the performance pending availability.