USM Theatre Presents Molière's ‘The Learned Ladies’

4/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

7:30 p.m. April 18, 19 & 20 | Xavier Theatre

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary theatre program presents The Learned Ladies, one of the most acclaimed comedic masterpieces of classical playwright Molière, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, April 20, in Xavier Theatre on the USM main campus in Leavenworth at 4100 South 4th Street. Tickets are $10 for adults, and can be purchased in advance by calling 913-758-6152. The Learned Ladies is not recommended for children.

The Learned Ladies revolves around the marriage aspirations of two young people, Henriette and Clitandre, and the obstacles presented by Henriette’s disapproving family. The play focuses on the domestic calamities wrought by a domineering personality.

The play (Les Femmes Savantes in French) debuted in 1672 and is considered one of Molière's comic masterpieces. USM’s version is based on the translation by Richard Wilbur.

As part of the production, the theatre program has rented period costumes so the student actors and actresses will sport the styles of Louis XIV—including powdered wigs.

USM’s theatre program chose The Learned Ladies because “we have not done a Molière play in quite some time so it seemed the perfect chance to turn to him once again,” said Van Ibsen, director of the USM theatre program. “Molière is the first master of the French farce and our students couldn’t learn from a better source. They have had no experience with this style of play, especially its dialogue, so this is an excellent learning experience.”

The cast of the play includes Saint Mary students Anthony Clouse, Briana Janas, Emily Nold, Sarah DaMetz, Sarah Cronkleton-Kidd, Ben Sanders, Gemma Maliszewski, Alyssa Dunning, Amanda Jacobs, and Jason Eberth.

Call 913-758-6152 for more information or to reserve tickets for The Learned Ladies.