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The Bourgeois Gentleman

Molière, adapted into English Verse by Brian Vinero
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Monsieur Jourdain is a middle-class merchant who foolishly believes he can break into the upper echelon of society. Desperate to elevate himself and his station, it seems there is no humiliation too great as he tries to better himself via tutelage from a variety of instructors who are more than happy to relieve him of his money. He also finds himself an easy mark for a penniless nobleman who uses him to fund an extravagant lifestyle. Monsieur Jourdain’s long-suffering wife and daughter find themselves caught up in one of his latest schemes, involving a poorly planned affair, several sets of unhappy lovers and a full orchestra and ballet company invading the household. It will fall to the clever servants to find sense in the madness and set things right.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (4 female, 6 male, flexible casting, doubling, bit parts)
Full Length Comedy (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
About the Author


  • Molière

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622 – 1673), known as Molière, was a French dramatist, director, and actor, and one of the world's greatest masters of comic satire. Of his nearly 40 plays, his most famous are TARTUFFE, THE MISER, THE LEARNED LADIES, THE MISANTHROPE, and THE IMAGINARY INVALID.

  • Brian Vinero

    Brian is a playwright, lyricist, and translator whose rhymed-verse translations of the works of Euripides and Molière have been published by the literary journals Asymptote and The Mercurian. Other theatrical works include an unabridged translation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC crafted completely in rhymed couplets, a modernization of Thackeray's VANITY FAIR, and musicals based on Rostand's CHANTECLER and Booth Tarkington's THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. His musical, THE ALLEN STREET YIDDISH THEATRE PALACE PRESENTS: CINDERESTHER, has received grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, and his award-winning play, TEN MINUTES 'TIL CHRISTMAS, is being performed in many cities across North America. He has adapted novels by Newbery Award–winning authors James Lincoln Collier and Lloyd Alexander for the stage and has served on the faculties of William Patterson University and Regional Center for the Arts High School. Brian is an alumnus of the Minnesota Conservatory of Performing Arts, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, the Lehman Engel/BMI Workshop, and the 78th Street Theatre Lab, and he is a member of BMI, the Playwrights' Center, and the Dramatists Guild.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/25/2023
Pages 158
ISBN 9780881459838

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The Bourgeois Gentleman is produced
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