Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedic theater company led by Artistic Director Lance Davis, presents their first full production of the 2013-14 Season, Molière’s “The Middle Class Nobleman,” opening Friday, November 8, 2013.
Putting lipstick on a pig, the French master Molière gives us the narcissistic bourgeois, Monsieur Jourdain, who can buy all of the lessons but none of the talent. His ignorance is far from bliss for his wife and family. “The Middle Class Nobleman” will be performed in an original translation and adaptation by Davis. The Parson’s Nose Company will include Lance Davis, Mary Chalon, Marisa Chandler, Jill Rogosheske, James McDonnell, Barry Gordon, Gary Lamb, Mark McCracken, Tom Ashworth, James Calvert, and Nora Frankovich.
“Molière was actually the source of much of our vaudeville, radio and television comedy of the past hundred years,” explains Davis. “He was a true theater man, stealing from the very physical Italians who loved ‘lazzi’, what we know as ‘business’ or ‘schtick’. The quick paced dialogue, the running gags, obsessive characters, political statements, all came from Molière. He added the social commentary that made Norman Lear so famous in the 1970s with ‘All in the Family’ and Trey Parker with ‘South Park.’ ‘The Middle Class Nobleman’ is the story of Monsieur Jourdain, the crass, nouveau-riche bourgeois of Paris, who would sell his daughter to become a member of the upper classes. He’s had all of the lessons but has none of the talent. Originally ‘Nobleman was played in five hours for Louis XIV at Chambord, with ballet and music interludes, so in its way it was like a sophisticated vaudeville show even then. Come have a glass of wine and watch our actors bring all this to life.”
“The Middle Class Nobleman” by Molière performs 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday November 8 through 24. Running time is approxmiately 90 minutes. All performances are “Pay What You Will” ($20 suggested). Call 626-403-7667 or visit www.parsonsnose.com for reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Ages 10+ suggested.
Parson’s Nose Theater performs at Lineage Performing Arts Center located at 89 South Fair Oaks in Pasadena.
Parson’s Nose Theater is a non-profit, 501(c)3 theater company located in Pasadena, California dedicated to introducing classical theater to modern audiences. Through condensed adaptations of the works of Shakespeare, Molière, Shaw, Goldoni, Goldsmith and more, lives of the old, young, and in-between are enriched with this introduction to the works of some of the greatest writers who’ve ever lived. Productions are presented in a fun, commedia dell-arte style that makes them both engaging and easy to understand. Parson’s Nose believes the classics are stories that have endured because they speak illuminating truths to each generation. The joys and problems of 17th century parents and children form a bridge to the 21st.