The Misanthrope and Tartuffe by Moliére
February 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am
featuring Ellen Welch, Associate Professor of French
“Molière understood profoundly what makes us noble, pathetic, outrageous and funny, and in his splendid comedies satirized human folly to perfection. One of the best of his plays — and one of the greatest of all comedies — is The Misanthrope, first performed in 1666. Spotlighting the absurdities of social and literary pretension, The Misanthrope shows us a man who is quick to criticize the hypocrisies, inconsistencies and faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. In Tartuffe, which was attacked by the Church and twice suppressed, a penniless scoundrel and religious poseur is invited by a gullible benefactor to live in his home. Imposing a rigidly puritanical regimen on the formerly happy household, Tartuffe wreaks havoc among family members, but ultimately, his schemes and malicious deeds lead to his own downfall.”– Dover Publications
To enhance your Molière experience, don’t miss David Ball’s modern adaptation of Tartuffe, in performance at PlayMakers Repertory Company from February 3 – March 11, 2018.
TUITION: $35, includes a copy of the book
Register online or call 919.962.1544
Please note that the image may not reflect the edition being used for the reading group.