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Loyola Theatre presents fast-paced adaptation of a classic comedy

Loyola press release - October 29, 2010

Is authenticity and honesty at the risk of being ostracized more important than moving up in the world via coddling and flattery? This question is at the core of Neil Bartlett’s modern, edgy translation of Molière’s classic, “The Misanthrope.” The play will run in Loyola University New Orleans’ Marquette Hall November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, at 8 p.m.

“The Misanthrope” tells the story of an arrogant young man whose endless criticism of other people's vices doesn't prevent him from falling in love with a deceitful, manipulative young woman. Set in the present, Bartlett’s adaptation observes the French royal court which has turned into a gigantic insider party, with the guests circling each other in a feeding frenzy of fakery and flattery.

According to Ben Saypol, visiting theatre professor and “The Misanthrope” director, Bartlett’s version addresses how people should interact in their daily lives. The play is presented by Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

This modern, edgy adaptation tells a compelling story complete with a love triangle, attempts at seduction, games of love and a trial in the court of public opinion.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, children, seniors and Loyola employees. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2074.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5882