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Molière comedy on the STNJ's outdoor stage in June

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage production of Molière’s comedy The Learned Ladies brings theatre alive under the stars at the enormously popular summer venue on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. This replica of an ancient Greek theatre nestled into the hillside of the bucolic campus offers a unique theatrical event. The Learned Ladies begins on June 18th and continues through July 27th.

Scenes from 'Midsummer's Nights Dream'
Scenes from 'Midsummer's Nights Dream'
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STNJ's Outdoor Stage
STNJ's Outdoor Stage
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Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., and a special twilight performance on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for adults. Children under age five go for free. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts.

The large lawn surrounding the amphitheater is ideal for picnicking. Audience members may bring their own food and beverages, or purchase snacks and soft drinks on-site. Patrons are encouraged to bring low-backed beach chairs into the amphitheatre. Stadium seats are available for rental for $3.00 while supplies last. Seating is general admission.

Molière’s satirical masterpiece follows the trials of the young couple Henriette and Clitandre while Henriette’s female relations voice their high-brow disapproval. These women fancy themselves culturally “learned” and are great patrons of the pseudo-scholarly Trissotin, a poet with lofty aspirations which include receiving Henriette’s hand in marriage. The bourgeois family’s conflict provides the comic foundation for Molière’s signature farce. As Henriette’s father Chrysale wearily exclaims, “Is there a stranger house in Christendom/Than mine, where women are as mad as hatters/And everything is known except what matters?”

Molière’s exceptional wit is on full display in this fun farce, filled with frolicking, flirting, and flaunting. Pulitzer Prize-winning American scholar and poet Richard Wilbur translated the work. The New York Times praised Wilbur’s skill when Roundabout Theatre Company revived his translation of The Learned Ladies in 1982, “Molière has had no better American friend than…Richard Wilbur, whose translations…are beautiful works of art in themselves.”

The first preview performance of The Learned Ladies on Wednesday, June 18th at 8:00 p.m. offers opportunities for reduced-price tickets, as an incentive to first-time theatergoers. For those who would otherwise not be able to afford a night at the theatre, the first preview performance is Pay What You Can night – pay what you are able for that evening’s 8:00 p.m. preview performance. Offer is subject to availability. Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 for details.

Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m., and a special twilight performance on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $35 for adults. Children under five go free. Seating is general admission. For tickets or more information, call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage, the amphitheatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, is conveniently located at 2 Convent Road, off Madison Avenue (Rt. 124) in Morris Township, just minutes from Routes 287, 78, and 10. Parking is free. The Theatre is barrier free. Wheelchair seating is available. Large Print programs are available.