About the Play In this modem adaptation of Moliere's classical comedy 'The Misanthrope', ageless themes of misguided love are hilariously retold. Alceste, a reclusive curmudgeon, is disenchanted with the world. He falls in love with the flirtatious Celimene, a beautiful but very shallow woman. Told in tandem with Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, Moliere's best-known work today, satirizes the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society of his time. This updated version is set in contemporary Los Angeles against the backdrop of L. A. music scene and recording industry, but the characters and moral themes are recognizably linked to Moliere's classic comedy. Written entirely in verse, the Misanthrope's meter is understandable to students and its poetic structure will be appreciated by Moliere scholars.
About the Playwright Moliere, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Moliere became famous for his farces, comedies in verse and musical comedies. Among Moliere's best-known dramas are The Misanthrope, widely regarded as his most refined masterpiece, The School for Wives, Tartnffe or The Hypocrite, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid and The Bourgeois Gentleman.
About the Director: Constantin Werner Constantin Werner has written, directed and produced film, musk videos, theater and TV in New York, Berlin and Los Angeles. His feature film directing credits include the award-winning Dead Leaves, which premiered at the 1998 AFI Festival in Los Angeles, CA.