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La Bete- Essential Season

By David Hirson Directed By Peter Anthony

“…[a] comic aggressor…[an] unstoppable, primitive force of chaos...” NY Times

High art meets low art when a pompous, bombastic, flatulent street performer challenges a renowned acting troupe. And something has got to give. Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

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Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre- 417 W Magnolia St

The Story:

France, 1654. Elomire, the renowned leader of a famous acting company, is furious that the troupe’s patroness, Princess Conti, is forcing a low-life street performer, Valere, onto their troupe. Elomire finds Valere and his work both revolting and common. In a hilarious attempt to make Princess Conti see what a buffoon Valere truly is, Elomire challenges him to an impromptu performance of one of his plays. Elomire is in for a surprise - and a personal and professional challenge - as Valere proceeds to create theatrical chaos.

The Experience:

Winner of an Olivier Award for best new comedy of the year.

Replete with an opulent set and stunning period costumes and wigs, La Bête is sure to start the season off with a BANG! . La Bête is aptly named as it is translated to mean fool or beast and the main character, Valere, is exactly that. He is certain to leave a lasting impression on audiences. Critics have called Valere bombastic, audacious, boorish, flatulent, pompous, obnoxious, annoying and . . . supremely entertaining! The linguistic agility of the performers is only outdone by their physical hilarity in this play inspired by Moliere. La Bête will keep audiences of all ages laughing.

"LA BÊTE…begins with a bang that can make even a jaded New York audience abruptly spring to attention. No, one won't soon forget…LA BÊTE, which takes the brave chances so rare in new American plays." — NY Times

“. . . a riveting comic display . . .”-- The Guardian

The Creator:

David Hirson was born into a life of theatre in 1958. His mother was an actress and his father was a playwright. It’s no surprise that Hirson became an accomplished author by the age of 29. His plays have been produced on Broadway and internationally, receiving nominations for multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and winning numerous honors including the John Gassner Award of the Outer Critics Circle, the New York Newsday/ George Oppenheimer Award, the Marton Prize of the Dramatists Guild, and London's Laurence Olivier Award.

David Hirson’s Website


FAB Friday (Sep 9) is indeed the most fab night in town. All seats are $20 which includes a free beer from Odell Brewing Co. during intermission.

Pay What You Can! (Thu, Sep 8, 7:30) It's all in the name. No reservations, just donations at the door. General admission seating begins at 7pm.

Student/Educator Free Preview (Thu, Sep 1, 7:30pm) offers hard working students and teachers of all ages the chance to preview a final dress rehearsal before the opening night. To make reservations, please call 970.484.5237.

Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:30 PMStudent and Educator Night
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:00 PMOPENING NIGHT
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:30 PMPAY WHAT YOU CAN
Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:00 PMFAB FRIDAY
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:00 PM
Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:00 PM
Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:00 PM
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:00 PM
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:00 PM
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:00 PM
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:00 PM
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:00 PM
Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:00 PMCLOSING NIGHT
Steven P. SicklesValere
Gregory J. AdamsElomire
Greg ClarkBejart
Molly HuntDorine
Frances WayMadeleine Bejart
Benjamin MeansDe Brie
Casey ThomasCatherine De Brie
Steve WrightRene Du Parc
Corinne WiebenMarquise-Therese Du Parc
Ann Russell WhitemanPrincess Conti

Peter AnthonySet Designer/Sound Designer
Maile Horger-SpeetjensCostume Designer/Head Seamstress/Wardrobe Supervisor
Brian MillerLighting Designer/Master Electrician
Kirsten HovorkaWig Designer/Wig Stylist
Judith AllenMakeUp Designer
Morgan TaylorStage Manager/Board Operator
Jackson LewisAssistant Director
Tyler DavisMaster Carpenter
Heath HowesScenic Painter
Michael GorganProperties Designer/Set Dresser/Properties Supervisor
Kelly Burton-GilmoreAssistant Wig Designer/Wig Stylist
Jessica KelleyWig Stylist
Michael RobinsonStagehand
Grant PutneySound Engineer
Denise Burson FreestoneProduction Manager
Bruce K. FreestoneProduction Manager
Morgan HedmanBoard Operator
Corinne WiebenPainter
Becca MeuretPainter

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