Ivy Leaf - Winter 2008
What wins out in the end: love or intellect? That’s the question a family had to answer in Molière’s The Learned Ladies.
Penn State Altoona’s theatre program presented the classic comedy of manners in December at the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
The Learned Ladies is a period comedy featuring costumes, makeup, and wigs of eighteenth century France, a time in which manners and cultivated higher knowledge in poetry and noble thoughts were the fashion, especially for the bourgeoisie. Henriette, one of the family’s daughter’s, wishes to marry the very dashing Clitandre, who used to be attracted to Henriette’s sister Armande, but she chose intellect over romance. Henriette’s mother wishes her to marry a poet, who is really the charlatan Trissotin. Her father wishes her to marry for love.
The production was directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Robin Reese and featured sets, costumes, and properties designed by Carlos Ruiz, instructor in theatre arts, and lighting designed by Marlene Liszka, instructor in theatre arts.
For more information on Penn State Altoona’s theatre program, visit http://www.altoona.psu.edu/theatre online.