Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 17, 2008

Timothy Mooney to Perform "Molière than Thou" March 31 at Whitworth

Who: Timothy Mooney, performer and playwright      

What:  A one-person play, "Molière than Thou"

When: Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

Where: Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4372.

Timothy Mooney has adapted 15 of Molière's plays for the stage and has performed them worldwide. "Molière than Thou" features Mooney's new, rhyming versions of these plays. The performance reinvigorates Renaissance theatre, the court of Louis XIV, and the original playwright's vision. Mooney's "Molière than Thou" won a “Best of” award from the San Francisco Fringe Festival and was listed first of the "Top Ten Artistic Events of 2006" by the Chattanooga Pulse.

Moliere was an actor, leader of a theatrical company, and a prolific playwright of farcical comedies in 17th-century France; he is known as the father of French comedic theater.  Among Molière's best-known productions are "Tartuffe" (1664), "Le Misanthrope" (1666), and "Le Malade Imaginaire" (1673).

Mooney previously was the artistic director of the Stage Two Theatre, taught at Northern Illinois University, and wrote The Script Review, a newsletter for playwrights and producers. Mooney is currently working on an acting text, Acting at the Speed of Life, and performs two other one-person plays, the comic sci-fi thriller "Criteria," which was an Artistic Picks finalist at the Seattle Fringe, and the rock opera "Karaoke Knights."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Victoria Daggy, program assistant, modern languages department, Whitworth University, (509) 777- 4765 or vdaggy@whitworth.edu.

Bendi Benson Schrambach, associate professor of French, modern languages department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4372 or bbschrambach@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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