Thirteen middle schoolers in the Traveling Players Ensemble will present a rollicking version of The Bourgeois Gentleman,, a comedy by the French playwright Moliere (a.k.a. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) on Thursday, July 16, at 7:30. The play will be performed in the Azalea Room in the Takoma Park Community Center (right next to the Library at 101 Philadelphia Ave.). The Bourgeois Gentleman focuses on a rich man who dreams of improving his social standing and goes to ridiculous lengths to do it. The 45-minute performance is best for ages 6 up. Adults also are most welcome to attend. Registration is NOT required (contrary to information in the July edition of the city newsletter).
The Traveling Players Ensemble, based in Great Falls, Va., presents comedies by Moliere and other classical playwrights to summer camps, libraries and hospitals. The group chooses humorous plays as a way of introducing young audiences to some classical playwrights. As Toby Mulford, the Ensemble’s associate artistic director puts it: "A perfect blend of heightened language and low-brow humor, the plays are short on windy speeches and long on laughs."Posted by at July 2, 2009 12:09 PM