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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 30, 2017

Theatre Northwest to present Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies”

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University’s Theatre Northwest program will present a translation of Moliere’s comedy “The Learned Ladies” April 6-9 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 6-8 and 2 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the cashiering office on the first floor of the Administration Building, by phone at 660.562.1321, or at the box office up to one hour before the performance.

“The Learned Ladies” is a satire of academic pretension set during the salon movement of the late 1600s. Broad comedy envelops the story of three bourgeois learned ladies and their desire to start their own salon. Their attachment to Trissotin, a mediocre, humbug poet, blinds them of him cheating them out of their family’s fortune by marrying the youngest daughter Henriette, who has other plans to marry her young lover, Clitandre. Her father’s inability to stand up to his wife, servants, a lovelorn, an aunt, and Trissotin’s face-off with another poet create a world of silliness that illustrates the foibles of snobbery.

“It is a period piece, which is not something that Theatre Northwest gets to do very often, and likewise something that audience members rarely get to experience,” said Nataleigh Brull, a senior speech and theatre education major from Overland Park, Kansas, who plays the role of Armanda, one of the Learned Ladies.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Katheryn Bilbo will direct the play.

“Moliere’s plays are a type of theatre known as ‘comedy of manners,’ which makes fun of the upper class of his day with light and playful dialogue and comic situations,” Bilbo said. “‘The Learned Ladies’ also benefits from double entendre, silliness and a little slapstick, and makes for a delightful and refreshing evening at the theatre.”

The production is the last of the 2016-2017 Encore performance series, which Northwest sponsors and is funded in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“It’s important to be subjected to all different kinds of theatre, especially if it’s something as popular and well-known as Moliere,” Brull said. “I hope audience members benefit from the play’s absurd comedy in a style and manner that they are not used to experiencing.” 

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