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Play Reading Club – Les Précieuses ridicules
November 17, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Les Précieuses ridicules (French pronunciation: [le pʁesjøz ʁidikyl], The Absurd Précieuses or The Affected Ladies) is a one-act satire by Molière in prose. It takes aim at the précieuses, the ultra-witty ladies who indulged in lively conversations, word games and, in a word, préciosité (preciousness).
Les Précieuses ridicules is a biting comedy of manners that brought Molière and his company to the attention of Parisians, after they had toured the provinces for years.
To be read by the Brass Tacks Play Reading Club on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm via Zoom
Registration required for the Zoom Link:
Video can be by laptop/computer, but Audio will be by phone call-in only. This helps keep the delays between lines to a minimum.
No script necessary. A script will be shared once the Zoom meeting starts.
There are at least 10 characters to be read, but we will double-up and/or trade characters as necessary.
Summary: Magdelon and Cathos are the wannabe précieuses, two young women from the provinces who have come to Paris in search of love and jeux d’esprit.
Gorgibus, the father of Magdelon and uncle of Cathos, decides they should marry a pair of eminently eligible young men but the two women find the men unrefined and ridicule them. The men vow to take revenge on les précieuses.
On stage comes Mascarille, a young man who pretends to be a sophisticated man of the world. Magdelon falls in love with him. Next on stage comes another young man, Jodelet, with whom Cathos falls in love.
We will hold a discussion afterwards to discuss the show, its place in history and the current social climate, as well as the BTE themes of Universality, Clarity, and Theatricality.