Molière Impromptu

Translated and adapted by Rinne Groff

Event Attributes

Scenic Designer: Lydia Francis    Costume Designer: Kate Fullop    Lighting Designer: Brittany Shemuga    Sound Designer: Eric    Dramaturg: Sara Thompson   Stage Manager: Josie Felt   Mask and Makeup Designer: Kara Waala

Based on three short plays by Molière, Molière Impromptu is a wickedly funny look at the magic of theatre. Set in 1665 Versailles, the play presents a director’s nightmare as the members of Molière’s Illustre Theatre gather to rehearse a new play commissioned by the King for a performance that very night. The script is in horrible shape, the straight man wants to leave the troupe, marital spats are ripping the company apart, the intern is lobbying for a bigger part and the lead actress can never remember her lines. First performed by Trinity Repertory Company in 2005, the play is a contemporary take on the works of one of the great masters of Western comedy.

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Read a review of Molière's Impromptu in UMD's Diamondback newspaper.

Read another review of Impromptu in the Gazette.

Read yet another review of Impromptu from DC Metro Theater Arts.

See an interview with director Matt Wilson on CTV News Arts Entertainment with Gailyn Gwin.