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UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Molière Impromptu

Painting of MoliereNovember 8-16, 2013 Kogod Theatre

Translated and adapted by Rinne Groff

Directed by
Matthew R. Wilson

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies will stage a contemporary take on the works of one of the great masters of Western comedy. First performed by Trinity Repertory Company in 2005 and set in 1665 Versailles, Molière Impromptu  imagines all of the worst possible things that could befall a director with a play to stage for the King of France that very night.

Learn more about the works of Molière and the playwright himself in the UMD Libraries:

Some highlights of these lists include:

The Life of Monsieur de Molière — A Portrait by Mikhail Bulgakov, Translated by Mirra Ginsburg
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: PQ1852. B813 1986
Best known for his satirical novel The Master and Margarita, Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov recognized a kindred spirit in the 17th-century playwright and satirist Molière. Both authors shared a passion for the theater and were adept in capturing elements of the comic and absurd in their writings, and neither was a stranger to censorship and criticism. Completed in 1933 but published posthumously in 1962, this account of Molière’s life is rich in historical detail but paced like a novel. A must-read for anyone interested in the works of Molière or Bulgakov.

Comedies of Molière — Selected, with an Introduction by John Gassner, Translations by H. Baker and J. Miller
Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: PQ1825. E5 G3 1946
For fans of Molière’s plays, Gassner’s collection provides an array of comedies that includes some of the author’s most popular titles. Le Misanthrope, L’École des Femmes (“The School for Wives”), Tartuffe, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (“The Would-Be Gentleman”), Don Juan and several other plays have been translated into English and are preceded by a short introduction to give context on the life of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the travelling actor who adopted the stage name of Molière.

Music and Theatre in France, 1600-1680 — John S. Powell

Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Stacks
Call Number: ML1727.2. P88 2000
The rise of the dramatic arts in 17th-century France has been thoroughly documented by historians of literature and theatre, but the importance of music and dance to these productions has been largely under-represented in the research on this period. John S. Powell explores the musical practices associated with comedy, tragedy, mythical drama and other genres popular in Paris and with the French court, providing English-language readers with the first major account of this pivotal time in music history.