AUBURN – Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts will open its 2011-2012 season with David Hirson’s “La Bête” in the Telfair Peet Theatre, Sept. 22 – Oct. 1.
Hirson’s comedy of contemporary sensibilities viewed through a neoclassical frame opened on Broadway in 1991. The play is set in the time of the 17th century playwright Moliere, whose work inspires both the action and Hirson’s lyrical, rhyming script. Elomire is the head of a theatre troupe whose wealthy patron has demanded that they collaborate with the street performer Valere, bringing about a clash of high art and lowbrow entertainment.
“The neoclassical period was all about rules, structure, the unities,” said director Daydrie Hague. “Elomire, whose very name is a play on Moliere’s, represents those qualities and really embodies truth in language, dramatic form and content – what we might call high art. Valere breaks those rules and brings chaos, excitement, humor, even danger to the process, in short, entertainment value.”
“La Bête” features scenic and lighting design by Fehreshteh Rostampour, costume design by Tracy Oleinick and sound design by Kelly Walker. The cast is comprised of Madeleine Koon, Marcus Clement, Roxanne Gatian, Taylor Galvin, Spencer Hardy, Eli Jolley, Perry Jones, Garrett Keller, Houston Mahoney, Sarah Jean Peters, Anna Claire Walker and Ben Young III. Meghan McCarthy and Kaye Stucky will be performing in the pre-show.
“La Bête” runs Sept. 22-23, 27-30 and Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free to Auburn University students and $15 for the general public. For more information, call the Auburn University Theatre Box Office at (334) 844-4154 or go to www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org.