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Theatre Westminster to Present The Misanthrope

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2010

Theatre Westminster will present Moliere's The Misanthrope Feb. 18-21 in Beeghly Theater.

Curtain time Thursday-Saturday is 7:30 p.m., and Sunday's matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made online by following the "ticket reserve" link at or by calling the Box Office at (724) 946-7241. Prices for general admission adults are $7, and senior citizens and non-Westminster students are $5.

Theatre Westminster's production, the Tony Harrison translation, is a modern-day version in verse of Moliere's classic comedy. Alceste, played by senior English major David Lynch, is a man who sees the world in black and white and denounces all who play polite social games as corrupt. Only Alceste's infatuation with the lovely Célimène, portrayed by senior sacred music and music education major Claudia Brown, could lead him to betray his foolishly high standards of behavior.

The play is under the direction of Lester Malizia, who attended Westminster in the early 1970s. He has spent the last 20 years as artistic director of Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he has directed more than 85 productions. He is a founding member of the New Theater in New York and has won numerous awards for his work.

Gianni Downs, Westminster assistant professor of theatre, is the scenic designer and costume designer.

Paula Ferguson, Westminster stage manager, is the technical director.

Contact Dr. Scott Mackenzie, Westminster associate professor of theatre, at (724) 946-6238 or e-mail for more information.