West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg Theatre Department to present Moliere's comedy "The School for Wives."
CONTACT: Andrew Clovis, Theatre Department, 304-424-8295.
This family friendly romp through sexual politics and the perils of excess will be presented at 8 p.m., April 23 and 24 and 2 p.m., April 25, in the college theatre.
Arnolphe, a middle-aged casanova, has reached the conclusion that the best safeguard of a wife's honor is ignorance. He decides that a woman should only know how to sew, pray, spin and love the man to whom she is pledged. He sees that his ward Agnes is brought up at a convent school in complete seclusion. But the young lady unconsciously outwits him. She bestows her affections upon the gallant Horace, and the guardian, after being made the confidante of the latter, is eventually left out in the cold.
Arnolphe is played by WVU-P theatre veteran Layla Halfhill of Parkersburg. Jaime Seltzer of Williamstown plays Arnolphe's sometimes amused, sometimes bemused and sometimes annoyed friend Chrysalde. Bobbie Brocious of Parkersburg portrays Arnolphe's man-servant Alain with Mineral Wells resident Wendy Smith as Alain's female compatriot Georgette. Rachel Kennedy of Parkersburg plays the lovely Agnes, one of Moliere's funniest female characters. The "charming Horace," Agnes' amour, is Ravenswood resident Maggie Allen. Rounding out the cast are Rose Follette, of Parkersburg as the ancient Oronte, Horace's father and Arnolphe's friend, and Vienna resident Allison Davis as the surprising Henriette.
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