Molière’s ‘Miser’ makes its way to Price Theater
March 16, 2009
Generational conflict, false pretenses and extreme financial paranoia:
These contemporary-sounding themes converge in “The Miser,” the
upcoming production at Price Theater. But while the topics ring true to
the times, the comedy has been performed for more than three and a half
First staged in 1668, “The Miser” was written by French playwright
Molière. Its plot revolves around the penny-pinching Harpagon, a miser
who cares more for his hidden fortune than for his children’s
“I’ve wanted to direct this show for 16 years,” said Dr. Steven Earl
Edwards, the production’s director and Professor of Theatre Arts. “It’s
such a fun play and so accessible to today’s audiences.”
In the original production, Molière himself played the title role in the play, which has become one his most enduring works.
“Molière raised comedy to the point where it could rank with tragedy as
an entertainment for the intelligent and the cultured,” Dr. Edwards
said. “Instead of comedy being lowbrow, he made it highbrow.
“He is universally regarded as the greatest French writer of comedy, and this work proves why.”
A quick look at the play’s cast of characters gives ready evidence of
humorous potential: a hypochondriac miser who loves his dogs more than
his children, a matchmaker who’s more interested in proper payment than
proper matches, a son who’s in love with the same young woman as his
father, and a daughter who’s love-struck for a servant who’s really not
a servant at all.
Got all that? Not to worry. It unfolds smoothly as the plot is revealed.
Carrying the lead role in this Price production is College theatre
alumnus and Hollis Hand Elementary Principal Jack Morman ’89 M’95, who
earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees on the Hill.
“It’s great to have Jack back on the Price stage in the title role,” Dr. Edwards.
Surrounding him is a cast of nine students, ranging from freshmen to
seniors, Theatre majors, non-majors—and a Panther football player. They
are William Joel Coady, Ali Grieb, Julia Jones, Tim Quirk, Anna Carroll
Sims, Cordaryl Strickland, Joseph Thomas, Kenny Wiley and Benjamin
The show opens on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. and includes evening
performances on March 27 and 28 and April 1 – 3, plus a 2:30 p.m.
matinee on Sunday, March 29.
To order tickets, call the box office (beginning Wednesday) from noon
to 5 p.m. on weekdays at (706) 880-8080. Note that the play does
include mature themes.