A dark and dirty back alley behind a dance hall, with the sound of music in the background, is the setting for Misántropo, an adaptation of the original by Molière in which Miguel del Arco moves the French author’s characters to our twenty-first century, with the help of other geniuses like Michel Montaigne, Michel Foucault or Luis Cernuda.
ABOUT THE PLAY
“Perhaps the freedom necessary to be a decent man can be found in solitude.” Alcestis feels as though he can’t stand another day of the social hypocrisy that mankind seems to have accepted as the only possible way of interacting. That’s what he tells his friend Filinto. The only thing capable of making him rethink his decision to finally get away and live in solitude is his love for Celimene. Filinto is surprised that his friend has chosen as the object of his love a woman who is famous for her behaviour which falls within all the social parameters which he detests and which have led him to decide to detach himself from the world. A world that also entangles Alcestis in court cases which reveal the falseness of society and the laws that govern the coexistence of human beings. Alcestis throws his fists in the air while he waits impatiently for Celimene to confirm her love and make the decision to accompany him in his retreat. The answer becomes the last straw of Alcestis’ impotence. “Do you want us to go into the countryside and live in isolation?” she asks incredulously. “If indeed you love me like I love you, what does the rest of the world matter to you?” he answers back.
What is the truth? Is it good for us to know the truth if it threatens our comfort and pleasure? Can politics and honesty live in harmony? Do we need hypocrisy in order to survive? Can we fight against the wickedness of human nature? Alcestis puts his integrity at risk to defend the truth whilst he fights the temptation to succumb to defeatism. He can’t adapt to the prevailing fiction and he is willing to lose everything to defend what he believes in.
A dark and dirty back alley behind a dance hall, and with the sound of music in the background, is the setting for Misántropo, an adaptation of the original by Molière in which Miguel del Arco moves the French author’s characters to our twenty-first century, with the help of other geniuses like Michel Montaigne, Michel Foucault or Luis Cernuda.
ARTISTIC FACT SHEET
Miguel del Arco
Israel Elejalde, Ángela Cremonte, José Luis Martínez, Miriam Montilla, Manuela Paso, Raúl Prieto and Cristóbal Suárez. With the special collaboration of Asier Etxeandia (voice of the musical theme Quédate quieto)
Sandra Vicente (Studio 340)
Joan Rodón, Emilio Valenzuela
Rodón & Moreno
A production by Kamikaze Producciones in coproduction with Teatro Español de Madrid and Teatro Calderón de Valladolid. In collaboration with Teatro Palacio Valdés de Avilés.