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The Miser

Molière, adapted by Virginia Scott
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Harpagon thinks that his children are costing him too much money and must be married off. He has found an old man who won’t demand a dowry for his daughter, Elise, and a rich widow for his son, Cleante. Unfortunately Elise is already in love with Harpagon’s servant, and his son is in love with the penniless Mariane, whom Harpagon has already decided to take as his own wife.

Production Info

Cast: 13 total (4 female, 9 male)
Full Length Drama (about 105 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

While seeking rest from daily care,
I learned that Monsieur Molière,
The darling of the muses nine,
Whose blessings flow on him like wine,
Is now presenting on the stage
yes, he’s the idol of the age
A Miser who diverts us all;
And not a little bit. His thrall
Encompasses; his scope is vast;
He makes us laugh from first to last.
He speaks in prose and not in verse;
But the effect is none the worse.
His prose is so theatrical;
Its essence is dramatical.
This Miser, then, whose praise one sings,
Is prodigal in comic things.
What’s more, the acting’s excellent.
Your time could not be better spent.

—Charles Robinet, Letters in Verse, Paris, 15 September 1668

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.

  • Virginia Scott

    Virginia Scott was Professor Emerita of Theatre at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a leading authority on early French and Italian theatre, whose books include The Commedia dell'Arte in Paris, Moliere: A Theatrical Life, and the award-winning Women on Staqe in Early Modern France. She was also noted for her translation of Moliere's plays, as well as a critical edition of Tartuffe. She was an experienced dramaturg and had written plays on such historical subjects as Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette's hair-dresser.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/1/2006
Pages 84
ISBN 9780881453263

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The Miser is produced
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