Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Students stage a modern-day 'Misanthrope'

Ian Remmers of Watkins Glens finds himself under arrest in Peter DeLaurier’s modern-day adaptation of “The Misanthrope” performed by Finger Lakes Community College students. Also in the scene are, from left Trevor Hubble of Honeoye, Kiara Davis of Queens, Hans Jung of Canandaigua, Jessica Ames of Hornell.

Political pretence, double-dealings and love triangles run rampant in Moliere’s 17th century play “The Misanthrope” as it does in the contemporary version set in modern-day Washington, D.C. 
Finger Lakes Community College students will present Peter DeLaurier's adaptation of the French playwright’s work in three shows, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Bloomfield High School Performing Arts Center, 21 Oakmount Avenue.
Pre-sale tickets, at $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors, go on sale April 18 at FLCC’s Student Life Center on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua. Tickets are $2 more at the door.

Alceste, played by Ian Remmers of Watkins Glen, is a poet and columnist who is fed up with society and social norms. Celimene, played by Jessica Ames of Hornell, is a lobbyist who appears to be innocent but is actually a shameless flirt. Despite their different outlooks on life, the unlikely pair is in love.  Their difficult relationship is complicated by multiple love triangles and political intrigue.
The ensemble cast also includes Kiara Davis of Queens, Jeff Dugan of Fairport, Trevor Hubble of Honeoye, Hans Jung of Canandaigua, Kristen Paparelli of Cato, Austin Radford of Fairport, Maria Romeo of Canandaigua, Jon Snelgrove of Fairport and Sam Zulauf of Newark. The production is directed by Beth Johnson, Ph.D., professor of theater. The set is designed by Jim Perri, technical specialist.
Cast members describe “The Misanthrope,” as a timeless romantic comedy that reflects today’s society.

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