CHICAGO — The Theatre School at
DePaul University presents a modern retelling of “The Misanthrope,” Molière's classic
comedy of manners and social niceties. The play is translated by Richard Wilbur
and directed by Brian Balcom on the Fullerton Stage. The production opens
Friday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 24, 2016. Performances are
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are
April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
When Alceste rails against the
insincerities in his social circles, he risks losing his freedom, the attention
of the lovely and flirtatious Célimène and his place in high society. This satire puts friends and gentlemen into
a world of flattery and flaws in verse. What happens when we become overwhelmed
by the adulation and the hypocritical buzz of our social networks?
Balcom is in his third and final year of
the MFA Directing program at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Balcom
grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has worked with Walking Shadow, Gremlin
Theatre, The Playwrights' Center and The New Theatre Group. He has assisted at
The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe and Actors' Theater of Louisville. Balcom is
also an artistic associate of Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota and
has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. His Theatre School credits include “After Miss Julie,” “The
Killing Game” and “Elemeno Pea.”
The cast features Chloe Baldwin
(Célimène), Madeline Baird (Éliante), Mélisa Breiner-Sanders (Arsioné), Adam
Welsh (Alceste), Jalen Jamar Gilbert (Philinte), JJ McGlone (Oronte), Dominique
Watkins (Acaste) and Brian Healy (Clitandre).
The production team includes Claudia Anderson (vocal coach), Jack Magaw (scenic
designer), Madison Briede (costume designer), Eric Phillips (lighting
designer), Tyler Blakeman (sound designer), Johanna Orr (dramaturg) and Julia
Bates (stage manager).
Tickets are $15, preview tickets
are $10 and student tickets are $5. Subscriptions and group rates (six or
more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are
available by calling 773-325-7900 or online at http://theatre.depaul.edu. The Theatre School's 2015-16 season in Lincoln Park is supported
by presenting level sponsor PNC Bank.
The Theatre School at DePaul
University is located at 2350 N Racine Ave. (at Fullerton). The school is
easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton (74) bus.
Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University's Clifton Parking
Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave. Please call the Box Office for more
For patrons who are blind or have
low-vision, the 2 p.m. performance April 24 will include audio description
services, as well as a pre-performance touch tour. Call 773-325-7900. The April
24 performance will also be interpreted in American Sign Language. TTY: 773-325-7975.
If patrons require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any
hearing or vision needs, please let the Box Office staff know upon reservation.
Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
is “USO of IL Night,” when U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can
attend the performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 773-325-7900 for more information.
Additional special events include an Opening Night reception following the April
15 performance, and post-show discussions April 17 and 21.