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Princess of Elis

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Princess of Elis by Molière is a delightful and humorous play that follows the story of Princess Aglaé, who is determined to marry a man of her own choosing rather than be forced into a politically advantageous marriage by her father, the King. The Princess's wit and charm shine through as she navigates the obstacles in her path, including a host of suitors vying for her hand in marriage.

Molière's intricate and witty dialogue keeps the audience engaged throughout the play, blending clever humor with a commentary on societal expectations and the role of women in society. The characters are well-developed and each brings their own unique charm to the story, creating a dynamic and entertaining ensemble.

Overall, Princess of Elis is a captivating and enjoyable read that offers a glimpse into the world of courtly intrigue and romantic entanglements. Molière's talent for wit and satire shines through in this charming play, making it a must-read for fans of classic French literature.

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In the month of May 1664, Louis XIV entertained the Queen-mother, Anne of Austria, and his own wife , Maria Theresa, with a brilliant and sumptuous fete at Versailles.... The second day was distinguished by the representation of The Pricess of Elis [by Moliere].... The Princess of Elis, a comedy-ballet, was intended to represent the struggle between the affections of the male and female sex, a struggle in which victory often remains with the one who seems the furthest from obtaining it.... The author's natural flow of wit and humor was checked by the necessity of accommodating himself to the conventionalities of courtly propriety. - Summary by The Translator Cast list: Iphitas, father to the Princess of Elis: Alan Mapstone Euryalus, Prince of Ithaca: Kurt Aristomenes, Prince of Messena: Tomas Peter Theocles, Prince of Pylos: Algy Pug Arbates, Governor to the Prince of Ithaca: Alan Mapstone Lycas, attendant on Iphitas: Jim Locke Moron, the Princess's Fool: ToddHW The Princess of Elis: Availle Aglanta, cousin to the Princess: Lydia Cynthia, cousin to the Princess: Eva Davis Phillis, attendant on the Princess: Sonia Aurora: Katharina Glowalla Lyciscas, a huntsman: Andrew James First Musician: Eva Davis Second Musician: Devorah Allen Third Musician: Jim Locke First Whippers-In: Nemo Second Whippers-In: Alan Mapstone Third Whippers-In: Jim Locke Satyr: Nemo Tircis: Alan Mapstone Climene: TriciaG Shepherd: Alan Mapstone Shepherdess: Devorah Allen Stage Directions: Adrian Stephens Editing: ToddHW

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