North Central College - Naperville, IL

One-man show showcases the wit and humor of French writer Molière

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

March 16, 2010--North Central College welcomes back Timothy Mooney and his one-man play "Molière Than Thou" on March 31, featuring a dazzling performance of some of Molière's most beloved plays.

A master of satire, the French Molière was a 17th century theatre writer, director and actor. Mooney brings Molière and his famous works to life during a 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday, March 31, in North Central College's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. In addition, Mooney will give a workshop titled "Articulations: Lessons from Acting for Language Learners" at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mooney's affinity with Molière goes well beyond the manic performance of 10 of his monologues. Mooney has rewritten 15 of Molière's plays in their entirety, bringing English dexterity to the works which were so stirring in their original French.

The story of "Molière Than Thou" finds Molière alive and well, if a little bit freaked out from his fellow performers all having come down with food poisoning from eating "the same sort of shell fish." Given that his company is in the middle of a capital campaign to buy new curtains, he cannot just refund the audience's money, but offers instead to share what bits and pieces he can perform on his own. Fortunately, he originally played most of the leading characters in his various plays, and the King's peculiar demands for command performances from the back catalog have kept a large array of characters fresh in his memory.

Mooney moves among Molière's plays "School for Wives" to "Bourgeois Gentleman" to "Tartuffe," "Scapin" and "Precious Young Maidens" with ease, constantly employing members of the audience as his scene partners and objects of attention.

The play won a "Best of" award from the San Francisco Fringe Festival and was listed first of the "Top Ten Artistic Events of 2006" from the Chattanooga Pulse. In its Orlando Fringe performances, the press raved "Clearly Molière lives" and "a delight for all those who appreciate the barbed satire and slyly nuanced language in Molière's classic skewerings of the rich and pompous." The New York media exclaimed, "Move over Richard Wilbur, Timothy Mooney is the real deal ... A very tight performance which should be seen by any aspiring actor who wants to tread the boards."

North Central College's Cultural Events committee is hosting this performance and workshop, after the show received a warm reception last year. This event is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, art exhibits, musical performances and theatrical productions, visit or call Judith Brodhead, coordinator of cultural events, at 630-637-5276.