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Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth
– Pablo Picasso
THE LEARNED LADIES
Written by Moliere, Translation TBA
April 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, Wismer Theatre
Directed by Cynthia D. Lammel
Scenic Design: Andrew Rich
Lighting Design: Tom Ontiveros
Costume Design: Sandra Barton
Often the desire to appear competent impedes our ability to become competent,
because we are more anxious to display our knowledge than to learn what we do not know.-- Madame de Sable, a contemporary of Moliere
In typical Moliere style, everyone gets what they deserve. Molière spent his career poking fun at anyone he felt had it coming: including Doctors, Lawyers, and the Clergy. The playwright believed that no one should be exempt from satire. In this 1672 play, Molière takes aim at the intellectual and artistic pretentiousness of Parisian salon society. The play centers around a group of women intent on improving their social standing through intellectual achievement. So proud are these women and men of their quest for knowledge, however, that they neglect to realize that they aren’t actually gaining any. Eccentric characters, hilarious dialogue, mistaken intentions, lots of romantic intrigue and fast-paced action make this one of Molière’s comic masterpieces.