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9/27/2007 'Moliére Than Thou' featured at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – "Molière Than Thou," a one-man comedy exploring some of Molière's funniest speeches, will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Theatre located in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

The performance, sponsored by the Theatre and Communication Arts Department and the Department of Modern Languages, is free and open to the public.

Timothy Mooney as Molière will perform routines from "Tartuffe," "Don Juan," "The Doctor In Spite of Himself," "The Precious Young Maidens," "The Misanthrope," "The School For Wives" and others.

In the play, Molière is left without a cast when all of his fellow performers consume "the same sort of shell fish" at one of the local public inns. Rather than refund the box office income, Molière offers to perform a "greatest hits" and leads the audience, which occasionally participates, through a succession of favorite speeches tracing his illustrious career. This gives Molière the perfect opportunity to explain his process of working on these plays, while managing to take a few stabs at some of his enemies: the doctors, the lawyers and the hypocrites who would attack him throughout the years.

Mooney is the founder and former editor of "The Script Review" and was the artistic director of Chicago's Stage Two theatre, where he produced nearly 50 plays in five years. When it came time for Stage Two to produce the classics, Mooney found himself writing new versions of the plays of Molière, with a playful sense of rhyme. He has now written 15 iambic pentameter variations on the plays of Molière, which have been produced around the world. Other one-man shows by Mooney include the sci-fi thriller "Criteria" and the musical "Karaoke Knights."

For more information, call 503-883-2292.