Joseph Hanreddy Directs The Misanthrope for Off-Broadway's Pearl

News   Joseph Hanreddy Directs The Misanthrope for Off-Broadway's Pearl Sean McNall, a resident actor with Pearl Theatre Company, will play the title character of The Misanthrope in the new Off-Broadway staging of the 17th-century verse comedy by Molière.

The translation into English verse by Richard Wilbur will be directed by Joseph Hanreddy, former artistic director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Previews begin Jan. 14, 2011, prior to an opening Jan. 23 at Pearl's home at New York City Center Stage II. Performances play to Feb. 20.

The Misanthrope "satirizes the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society, chronicling an eventful day in the unstable love-life of the petulant Alceste and a flirtatious young gossip, Célimène, and the many fops and fools flitting in and out of her fashionable salon."

This will be the eighth Molière production by The Pearl and the first time the classics-friendly company has produced this play.

The Misanthrope features two members of the Pearl's resident acting company: McNall (as Alceste) and Dominic Cuskern (as Basque and Dubois), plus six guest actors, including Matthew Amendt (Acaste), Janie Brookshire (Célimène), Shawn Fagan (Philinte), Patrick Halley (Clitandre), Robin LeMon (Eliante), Kern McFadden (Oronte and a guard) and Joey Parsons (Arsinoe).

The production team includes Harry Feiner (scenic design); Sam Flemming (costume designer); Stephen Petrilli (lighting designer); and M.L. Dogg (sound designer). The stage manager is Dale Smallwood, and the dramaturg is Kate Farrington. For subscription tickets and information, contact Audience Services at (212) 598-9802 or visit www.pearltheatre.org.

Single tickets can be purchased through New York City Center by calling (212) 581-1212, going online to www.nycitycenter.org, or visiting the City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

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