Piccolo Theatre Presents New Adaptation of THE MISANTHROPE

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Piccolo Theatre presents The Misanthrope, in a new version by British playwright, Martin Crimp.  The production serves as a new exploration of modern comedy for Piccolo, known historically for its repertoire of period pieces and Pantos.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Michael D. Graham, The Misanthrope will prove to be a turning point for Piccolo Theatre while serving its mission to make people laugh, featuring onstage live-tweeting and digital age technology, and an immersive in-the-round scenic design complete with contemporary light fixtures exposing how animal-like people in the entertainment industry can be.

With its fierce argument between conformity and non-conformity, Martin Crimp reworks Moliere’s masterpiece in this blistering contemporary version.  Set in present day London, playwright Alceste abhors hypocrisy and the well-rehearsed, sycophantic pleasantries of the chattering classes.  But having savaged Covington – a theatre critic who thinks he can write plays – Alceste goes on to attack Jennifer, a young actress and the woman he really loves.  His determination to tell the truth proves more destructive than others’ instinct to avoid it.  The writing is cool, sharp, and ferociously funny in this thrillingly sophisticated modern version of a classical play.

Cast includes: Ben Muller*, Kurt Proepper*, Derek Jeck, Callie Stephens, Christina Jones, Lauren Goode*, Nelson Rodriguez, Joe Beal, Nathan Elder and Amy Johnson.  Creative team includes: Michael D. Graham* (Director), Erik Tylkowski (Production Manager), Zee Cronin (Stage Manager), Sarah Lewis* (Scenic Designer), Elyse Estes* (Technical Director), Joshua D. Allard* (Costume Designer), Aimee Warshall* (Lighting Designer), Aaron Quick* (Sound Designer), Lee Moore* (Props Designer), Chris Chapin (Backstage Floor Manager), and Jean Marie Koon and Stephanie Neilitz* (Costume Assistance.)  *Denotes Piccolo Theatre Ensemble Member
The Misanthrope previews March 25-27;opening April 1;performances run April 1 – 23; all performances areFriday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm; Ticket prices include: $15 (previews) $27 (regular), $23 (senior), and $15 (student / industry).  Group pricing available.  Recommended for ages 16+.  For tickets and more information, call the Box Office at (847) 424-0089 TuesdayFriday from 10AM-5PM, or visit www.piccolotheatre.com.
Members of the Press are guaranteed 2 tickets to any performance April 1 – 23, subject to ticket availability. We invite you to attend our opening night performance on Friday, April 1 at 8pm.  Please contact Joshua D. Allard to reserve your seats.