Oct. 1, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present Moliere's "The Learned Ladies" Oct. 8 through 11 at 8 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre. Tickets are $6, $4 for senior citizens. Note: tickets for the Oct. 8 and 9 performances, part of Parents Weekend activities, are sold out. Tickets are still available for the Oct. 10 and 11 performances.

"Our artistic season begins with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur's sparkling new version of `The Learned Ladies' (`Les Femmes Savantes' ), Moliere's witty examination of intellectual pretension and the vicissitudes of love in 17th-century Paris," said Bob Gainer, professor of theatre and director of the play, who adds, "This comedic battle of the sexes will be performed as theatre-in-the-round."

Set in a French middle-class household, "The Learned Ladies" involves young lovers, Clitandre and Henriette, separated by Henriette's disapproving mother who would prefer her daughter marry the pretentious Trissotin.

Further complications are introduced by Armande, a jealous older sister who once rejected Clitandre; Vadius, a jealous scholar who resents Trissotin's hold on Henriette's mother; Belise, Henriette's aunt, who erroneously believes that all men are wildly in love with her; and Chrysale, Henriette's father who favors his daughter's marriage to Clitandre.

"The course of true love does not run smoothly but, thanks to the maneuvering of Chrysale's brother, Ariste, all is set right in the end, with hypocrisy exposed and true love made triumphant," said Gainer.

"Come and savour this stylish comedy adorned with lovely 17th-century costumes, setting and music."

Tickets are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the box office in the Elaine Langone Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or at the door one hour prior to each performance. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

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