Seven plays by the genius of French theater. Including "The Ridiculous Precieuses," "The School for Husbands," "The School for Wives," "Don Juan," "The Versailles Impromptu," and "The Critique of the School for Wives," this collection showcases the talent of perhaps the greatest and best-loved French playwright. Translated and with an Introduction by Donald M. Frame With a Foreword by Virginia Scott And a New Afterword by Charles Newell.
About the Author
Moliere was the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673). His plays achieved great success, especially his masterpiece, The Misanthrope, and elicited enormous controversy with their religious irreverence.
Donald M. Frame was Moore Professor of French at Columbia University and an acclaimed scholar and translator of French literature. Among his notable works of translation are "The Complete Essays of Montaigne, " "The Complete Works of Rabelais," and the Signet Classics "Tartuffe and Other Plays, "and" Candide, Zadig, and Selected Stories."
Virginia Scott is Professor Emerita in the Department of Theater of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of "Moliere: A Theatrical Life, The Commedia Dell Arte in Paris, "and "Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen s Day: Catherine de Medici and Pierre de Ronsard at Fontainebleau "(with Sara Sturm-Maddox).
Since 1994, Charles Newell has been Artistic Director of Chicago s Court Theatre, where he has directed more than fifty productions. He has also directed at Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, the Acting Company, Glimmerglass Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Chicago Opera Theatre. Among his many honors are four Joseph Jefferson Director Awards and the 2012 Artistic Achievement Award given by the League of Chicago Theatres.