Timothy Mooney's adaptation of Molière’s classic play February 27 - March 3

Rehearsing for Rider University’s production of The Misanthrope are (from left) Greg Clark and Madeline Calandrillo

Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts will present Timothy Mooney’s adaptation of Molière’s The Misanthrope in the Yvonne Theater on the Rider University campus in Lawrenceville February 27 through March 3.  The preview performance will be Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be Thursday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

The cast is composed of Rider University students.   Miriam Mills is the director.

“A misanthrope is a hater of mankind.  Our misanthrope, Alceste, simply wants everyone to be as perfect as he is,” says Mills.  “The character of Alceste is fascinating, in part, because even though he recognizes his own flaws, he is unable to tolerate the shortcomings of others.  While Alceste insists on a world without hypocrisy, he continues to lie to himself.  This very human, very wonderful play examines how one should balance the truth with discretion.   If a great comedy opens the curtain to life, than this play offers extraordinary illumination.” 

Miriam Mills has directed more than 100 shows nationally, including productions of Extremities, The Pillowman, Rent and Sweet Charity.  In 2009 she received the Kennedy Center ACTF Meritorious Directing award for excellence in directing for her production of The Pillowman.  Her New York acting credits include leads in such productions as Romeo and Juliet, Hot’l Baltimore and Company.

Tickets for the February 28 through March 3 performances are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets call the box office at 609-896-7775 or order online at www.rider.edu/arts. Tickets for the preview performance February 27 are $9 and available only at the door. 

Rider University is located at 2083 Lawrenceville Road in Lawrenceville, NJ. For updates visit www.rider.edu/arts.