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KC MOliere: 400 in 2022 is a group of people who love theatre and the plays of Molière. Molière has been translated into every major language and remains one of the most-produced playwrights in the world. His comedies form the core repertoire of the famed Comédie Française in Paris. The social foibles and pretensions he plays upon with warm humor and sharp wit are timeless.

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KC MOlière: 400 in 2022, Inc. isa 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, spearheaded by the late actor, Kip Niven, and Felicia Hardison Londré, Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emerita of Theatre at UMKC. Kansas City’s national reputation as a major theatre city is poised for international recognition with anticipated French media coverage of the biggest birthday celebration outside of France for 17th century comic dramatist Molière.

KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 is a festival that will run from September 2021 through 2022 in the greater Kansas City Metro area, featuring theatre, film, dance, music, visual arts, puppetry, book clubs, food, and wine. Venues, times, and dates TBA.

We will celebrate his 400th birthday on January 15, 2022. Let's begin the celebration now by reading and discussing his plays.

Upcoming events (3)

Play: The Imaginary Invalid, Prologue and Act I

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We will discuss the prologue and Act I. The play is a comedy in three acts, and it was first produced at the Théâtre du Palais-Royale, Paris, on 10 February 1673 August 1666. The play is also known as "The Hypochondriac", another translation of the French title. This will be an online event. The Zoom address will be sent to people who RSVP. KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 wants to bring the joy of Molière to everyone by having a year long celebration of his 400th birthday. Arts and education events are already in the works beginning in September 2021 and continuing throughout the[masked] arts season.

Play: The Imaginary Invalid, Act II

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Discussion of Act II from The Imaginary Invalid. The play is a comedy-ballet by the French playwright Molière with dance sequences and musical interludes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. We will also be discussing the interludes and music for the play. This online event will be supported by videos and FaceBook Live lectures about Molière and the play. Zoom address will be sent to those who RSVP.

Play: The Imaginary Invalid, Act III

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We will discuss the last act of the play and discuss other plays and activities in the upcoming months leading up to the birthday celebration. "Le malade imaginaire" was Molière's last work. He collapsed during the fourth performance on 17 February 1673-- 7 days after the premiere of the show. This is an online event. Zoom information will be sent to those who RSVP.

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