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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Aug. 28, 2016

    Actor, author to lead workshops, perform Molière monologues

    Actor and author Tim Mooney will visit Northwest Missouri State University Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, for a pair of workshops and an evening performance described as “a wild romp through Moliere’s most hilarious monologues.”

    The Saturday evening performance is free and open to the public. The workshops are open to Northwest students and faculty.

    “This opportunity may be of particular interest to any students studying Shakespeare, French, French history, theater history, those interested in theater or acting, or anyone who just wants to have a fun night at the theater,” said Katheryn Bilbo, assistant professor of theatre and performance.

    In the course of his 85-minute one-man play, Mooney seduces his audience with a complexity of language that is a sensual delight. Parading through the best loved plays of France’s history, “Molière Than Thou” reinvigorates Renaissance theater, the court of Louis XIV, and the vision that generated some of the most beloved plays of all time.

    Mooney’s work with Molière goes well beyond his celebrated, manic performance of 10 monologues. Mooney has re-written 15 of Molière’s plays in their entirety, bringing a dexterity of English speech to the works, which were so dazzling in their original French.

    Mooney will perform “Moliere Than Thou” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 10, at the Studio Theatre in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

    Additionally, Mooney will lead two workshops, “Conquering Theatrical Style: Making Convention More Than Reality” at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and “Shakespeare's Jukebox” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, both in the Studio Theatre.

    During “Conquering Theatrical Style,” Mooney shares exercises and games from his new book, “Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style,” connecting Thespis to Shakespeare to Moliere to Jerry Springer, in a more-or-less straight line. He uses scenes from “Hamlet,” “King Lear,” “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe.”

    “Shakespeare’s Jukebox” features Mooney prying apart secrets that hide behind Shakespeare’s words to uncover passion and hilarity. He clarifies the rhetorical challenges, underlines the emotional content and divines character clues from the text. He pulls apart the strands of linguistic spaghetti that appear tangled and incomprehensible to the young actor and puts them together in a performance of monologues.

    Mooney’s visit is funded primarily through the Ralph Fulsom Lecture Fund for Theatre, a Northwest Foundation endowment developed to bring theater professionals to Northwest’s campus to enhance student and faculty expertise.

    For more information about Tim Mooney, visit

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468