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Students to perform ‘The Misanthrope’

SAN MARCOS — The Cal State San Marcos Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a seven-night production of “The Misanthrope,” a 17th-century comedy written by French playwright and actor Molière on the absurdities of social and literary pretension of aristocratic society.
Translated by Richard Wilbur, the wry French comedy will be directed by Professor Marcos Martinez and performed by a cast of 10 students, beginning nightly at 7 p.m. April 13 through April 16 and April 20 through April 22.
A satirical play, “The Misanthrope” follows the thorny love life of the irascible Alceste and the coquettish Célimène, who put the concept of “opposites attract” to the ultimate test. Considered one of the greatest comedies in Western literature, Molière’s play begs the question: what is worse than being the only (self-proclaimed) honest man in a world of liars, gossips and fools? To which he answers, being head-over-heels in love with the chief offender among them. As the play pokes fun at the hypocrisies of French noble society, it also spotlights the innate flaws all humans possess.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, or $5 for students with ID. For more information or for advanced reservations, call (760) 750-4137.