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The Misanthrope

by Jean Baptiste Moliere,
translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur

Directed by James Winker


@ Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre

January 29 - February 7

About the Play

About the Author

Explore with us the many variations and values of hypocrisy with the great French master of satire as our guide in this thinking person’s comedy of social behavior.

The Misanthrope is set in the fashionable social milieu of seventeenth-century Paris. Alceste, the misanthrope of the title, is disgusted by the hypocrisy, injustice, and overall corruption in human society. Alceste's concern with the issue of justice has to do with the fact that he is embroiled in several lawsuits, the outcomes of which are determined not by which party is in the right but by who has the most influence in court. Nonetheless, Alceste is in love with Celimene, a young widow with a reputation for flirtation and for surrounding herself with suitors and who is a prime example of the insincerity that Alceste despises in others. The Misanthrope is concerned with themes of honesty and hypocrisy, justice and injustice; the manipulative social games people play; and the conflict between the individual and society.


Molière (1622-1673) discovered the stage in Paris in his early twenties in hopes of being an actor. Between 1648 and 1658 he toured with a theatre group due and began writing slight sketches and improvisation comedy in the Italian style. Following his return to Paris in 1658 he gained immediate notoriety by playing Corneille’s Nicomede before the King followed by a farce. The King was to employ him in 1665. Over the years he wrote several successful plays that have gone on to wow audiences to this day. Tartuffe (The Imposter) (1664-7), The School for Wives (1662), The Misanthrope (1666), The Miser (1668), and The Imaginary Invalid (1673). Prior to Molière, French theatre consisted of farce and intrigue comedies. Molière contributed a serious basis with his close and profound observation of human nature while still showing the humorous side behind its complexity. Some of his comedies bordered on tragedy while other more obviously serious works exposed hypocrisy and pretence in the way that English Restoration comedy of the same period did.


About the Director

JAMES WINKER is a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UCSD. He has worked at the Old Globe Theatre (where he is an Associate Artist), San Diego Rep, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Hartford Stage, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Guthrie in Minneapolis. He has directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Globe's Carter Theatre for the USD/Globe MFA program. For the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance he has directed As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.

The Cast

The Creative Team

Acaste - Patrick Riley
Alceste - Joel Gelman
Arsinoe - Pearl Rhein
Basque - Ray Dequina
Celimene - Cate Campbell
Clitandre - Nathan Turner
Dubois - Sam Tillis
Eliante - Jiehae Park
Officer - Justin O'Neill
Oronte - Johnny Gill
Philinte - Josh Wade

Director - James Winker
Assistant Director - Mary Plant-Thomas
Production Stage Manager - Erin G. Albrecht
Scenic Designer - Thomas George
Costume Designer - Christine Crook
Lighting Designer - James Tan
Sound Designer - David Corsello
Asst Stage Manager - Samantha M. Watson
Asst Scenic Designer - Ian Wallace
Asst Costume Designer - Amanda Ramond
Asst Lighting Designer - Eddie Sait
Production Assistant - Megan Danielson



Thu, Jan. 29, 7:00pm PREVIEW
Fri, Jan. 30, 8:00 pm OPENING
Sat, Jan 31, 2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat, Jan. 31, 8:00 pm
Wed, Feb. 4, 8:00 pm
Thu, Feb. 5, 8:00 pm
Fri, Feb. 6, 8:00 pm
Sat, Feb. 7, 8:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and can not pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss FORUM Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff and Seniors (over 62): $12
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10
*Preview performance on Thursday, January 29th at 7:00pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8

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