On January 28, 2011 the Hilberry Theatre Company will open Tim Mooney’s adaptation of Molière’s The Misanthrope, running in rotating repertory until March 5, 2011. Tickets are $25-$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2972, online at www.hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock.
The Hilberry company continues to deliver what its audiences want to see. In planning the current season, patrons were asked which shows they would prefer to see and Molière was a top pick. The most recent Hilberry production of a Molière play was season 2001-2002’s production of The Learned Ladies.
Alceste has a problem: he’s in love with the beautiful Celimene. While that may be enough of a problem for most men, he has an even bigger problem with society. Alceste is a misanthrope and he absolutely despises society and its current conventions. He cannot tolerate others saying one thing to his face and something else behind his back. Alceste vows to speak only the truth, regardless of the consequences. Celimene seems to think that there is nothing wrong with society; in fact she represents everything Alceste despises.
The Misanthrope cast members include Andrew Papa (Alceste), Dave Toomey (Philinte), Alan Ball (Oronte), Vanessa Sawson (Celimene), Samantha Rosentrater (Eliante), Lorelei Sturm (Arsinoe), Jordan Whalen (Acaste), Edmund Alyn Jones (Clitandre), Jason Cabral (Basque), and Christopher Ellis (Du Bois).
The production team includes Jesse Merz (Director), Tara Westlake (Production Stage Manager), Mercedes Coley (Assistant Stage Manager), John D. Woodland (Costume Designer), Michael Wilkki (Associate Scenic Designer), Jacee Rohlck (Assistant Scenic Designer), Brian Scruggs (Lighting Designer), Jonathan Weaver (Master Electrician), Jason Pratt (Sound Designer), Peter Schmidt (Technical Director), Rudy Schuepbach (Props Master), Michael Barnes (Voice and Speech Coach), Nira Pullin (Movement Coach), Michael Butterworth (Dramaturge), and Bobby Lima (Publicity Manager).
About the Hilberry Theatre Company
The Hilberry Company is unique in that it is the nation’s only graduate theatre company staffed by young up-and-coming professionals that also runs on a rotating repertory schedule. About forty graduate students are selected in national competition to receive assistantships to work in this theatre and study for advanced degrees. The company performs an annual season of six plays, including high school matinees for nearly 10,000 students. Through the years, four Hilberry productions have been selected to appear at the American College Theatre Festival.
Tickets are $25-$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2972 or online at www.wsushows.com. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with extended hours to 8:00 p.m. on performance evenings (Thursday-Saturday). Group discounts and corporate packages are also available. For more information, please call 313-577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock, Detroit, MI 48202. Performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting the Theatre’s websites at www.hilberry.com and www.wsushows.com.
The 2010-2011 Hilberry season is sponsored by CBS Outdoor, Between the Lines, and Encore Michigan.