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The Theatre School at DePaul University presents Molière's ‘The Misanthrope’

The Misanthrope
The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Molière's “The Misanthrope,” directed by Brian Balcom. The production opens April 15, 2016 and runs through April 24. (Grip Design artwork)
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 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 information.

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 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.


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Andrea Tichy