(or why contempt is sexy)

at the drake hotel, april 2009.

written by molière.
translated by tony harrison.
directed by johanna schall.
dressed by jenny schall.
produced by the red light district in association with mirvish productions.

sponsored by now magazine and the drake hotel.

the story:
they are young. they are rich. they are french. they are cooler than you and you know it.

competition is their drug of choice. (and cocaine, but who’s judging?). who’s got the trendiest shoes, the best hookups, the quickest wit.

the way to the top is knocking down and cutting up whomever stands in the way-socializing isn’t a pastime, it’s a way of life, a career, a tooth and nail catfight to the highest rung, no matter who you have to throw under a bus to get there.

but one of them won’t compete anymore-he’s already the best at hating everyone and everything. the audacity of honesty is his weapon, and contempt is his sex appeal. and he is in love with one of them, and so the whole delicate balance collapses. but where can you go to be honest and free? there is no such place – u-topia = “no place.”

a play about nothing that ends with a slap and an exit that shatters a world.

alceste – ted witzel
philinte – reid linforth
oronte – marcel dragonieri
célimène – eve wylden
éliante – simon rainville
acaste – kat letwin
clitandre – spencer evoy
arsinoé – marin smit
and featuring dj zachary gray

director – johanna schall
assistant director – catherine dunn
producer – pia kleber and ted witzel
stage manager – cat owen and jiv parasram
costumes – jenny schall
lighting designer – cameron davis
sound design – zachary gray
publicity – mirvish productions

robert cushman, the national post: keeping cool in king louis’ court
christopher hoile, eye weekly: the misanthrope