College to Present ‘The Misanthrope’

October 3rd, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

SUNY Oneonta will present “The Misanthrope,” a comedy written by French playwright Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur, from Oct. 8-13 at the Hamblin Theater in the college’s Fine Arts Center. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-12, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 13.

Tickets, free with SUNY Oneonta student ID and $5 general admission, will be available at the Hunt College Union starting Sept. 30, or online at

Originally written to satirize 17th century French society, the comedy tells the timeless tale of what it really means to fit in, stand out and change the unchangeable. SUNY Oneonta’s production is staged in a fresh, contemporary setting: the college’s Milne Library. The curtain opens as Philinte, a polite, patient man and “friend” of Alceste, the protagonist and “misanthrope” of the play, attempts to understand Alceste’s view on the social conventions of society. Alceste refuses to conform to others around him, constantly criticizing and critiquing the shallow, superficial actions of his peers. Despite denouncing all things insincere, he cannot help but love the vivacious Célimène, a serial flirt who indulges in the very flighty, frivolous acts that Alceste detests.

“The Misanthrope” is directed by John McCaslin-Doyle, associate professor of theatre, and produced by SUNY Oneonta’s Department of Theatre and the Mask and Hammer theatre club, with support from the Student Association.

The cast includes: Josh Santiago (Alceste), Anthony Ruperto (Philinte), Taylor Weinberg (Oronte) Kat Ricigliano (Celimene), Charlene Beckwith (Basque), Elizabeth Reinertsen (Eliante), William Rubin (Acaste), Michael Perkins (Clitandre), Maria Coppola (Guard), Amanda Vogue (Arisinoe) and Avalon McCaslin-Doyle (Dubois).