Trinity Rep Presents Moliere Comedy Fit For A King

Next up at Trinity Rep in Providence is "Moliere Impromptu" -- a new adaptation of Moliere’s best short works with added backstage intrigue presented in a loving homage to the commedia dell arte tradition of improvised comedy.   Performance dates are February 4 - March 13.

Adapted from "The Forced Marriage," "The Versailles Impromptu" and "The Doctor In Spite of Himself," "Moliere Impromptu" is conceived and directed by Christopher Bayes, director of the Brown/Trinity Consortium's movement and physical theater studies, and translated from the French by Rinne Groff ("The Ruby Sunrise").
Director Bayes and adaptor/translator Groff have created this irreverent comedy by connecting several of Moliere's best short plays and setting the story against a backdrop of the playwright and company's struggle to please both audiences and patrons alike.

Bayes explains, "As the audience meets the great playwright Moliere, he has gathered together a trusted troupe of actors, very much like Trinity Rep's acting company. They are on the brink of their 'big break' as they have a chance to present a play for the King, Louis the Fourteenth. But as luck would have it, Moliere hasn't finished writing the new comedy and the actors are fighting backstage. The action really starts to heat up when, with only ten minutes to go before the curtain rises, they decide to do a completely different show - it turns into complete and utter chaos!"
No stranger to larger-than-life comedies, the cast of "Moliere Impromptu" is filled with Trinity's Rep's funniest comedians including: Stephen Berenson, Angela Brazil, Timothy Crowe, William Damkoehler, Janice Duclos, Mauro Hantman, Phyllis Kay, Cynthia Strickland, Fred Sullivan, Jr., Stephen Thorne, Rachael Warren and third-year Consortium student Andy Grotelueschen.

The first performance, Friday, February 4, at 7 p.m., is Pay What You Can Night. PWYC tickets go on sale at the box office the day of performance at 7:00 p.m., with a limit of one per person.  An ASL-interpreted performance will be presented on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

For tickets and information, call 401-351-4242 or visit

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