The Centenary Stage Company presents The Learned Ladies, adapted from Moliere by Freyda Thomas and directed by Carl Wallnau. Presented in the Lackland Performing Arts Center, the production will run from Oct. 6 through Oct. 22 in the over 500 seat state-of-the-art Sitnik Theatre.
Set in the 1930s, this zany web of love stories, farcical romps and battle of the sexes keeps true to Moliere’s original while providing a smorgasbord of modern treats for contemporary audiences. As the story unfolds it is evident the household of Chrysale and his wife Philamente is in absolute disarray. Philamente has decided to dedicate herself and her home to the “life of the mind”, the pursuit of noble thought and the practice of intellectual rigor pushing aside her wifely duties. Chrysale simply wants his dinner and to assert his place as head of the family. Throw into the mix a questionably skilled poet who will not leave, an eccentric sister, a sexy maid, a hotheaded suitor to the youngest daughter, a frustrated older sister and numerous pretentious “hangers on” and this contemporary comedy has all the makings of a true screwball comedy.
Directed by Centenary Stage Company’s own award winning Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau, the cast of The Learned Ladies features a blend of new and returning professional actors, with credits ranging from Broadway to television to film. Leading the professional ensemble are Sandy York, David Edwards, Amy Griffin and David Cantor.
Centenary Stage Company’s production the The Learned Ladies is sponsored by season sponsor Heath Village and series sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd.
Tickets for The Learned Ladies are $27.50 for adults on matinee and Friday evening performances. Saturday evening ticket prices are $29.50 for adults. Tickets for children under 12 are $17.50 for all performances. Specific performance dates are Oct. 6, 13 and 20 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.; Oct. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.