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The Affected Young Ladies

The Affected Young Ladies
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Molière
Translated by: Barrett H. Clark
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 29
Pub. Date: 1942
ISBN-10: 0573628041
ISBN-13: 9780573628047
Cast Size: 3 women, 6 men

About the Play:

The Affected Young Ladies is a one-act comedy by Molière, translated by Barrett H. Clark. Two pretentious maidens and their love-sick suitors lead the audience through a maze of hilarity in a classical comedy that pokes fun at the pretensions of social climbers. Especially recommended for school and contest use, this title does not require a licensing fee for performance.

The Affected Young Ladies is the story of cousins Magdelon and Cathos, two young women from the provinces. Attracted by the pomp and show of the pretentious rich, they have come to Paris in search of love and jeux d'esprit. Gorgibus, the father of Magdelon and uncle of Cathos, decides they should marry a pair of eminently eligible young men but the two women find the suitors unrefined and ridicule them when they come to ask for their hand in marriage. How these two men fool the girls into believing that their servants are rich noblemen and the ridiculous situations which ensue form the crux of the play. The girl's custodian, the irrepressible servant of the household and many other characters mesh into the first modern social satire, holding up to ridicule the affectations of the overly-elegant women of courtly society of the time. The first of his attempts to satirize certain societal mannerisms and affectations then common in France, the play won Molière the attention and the criticism of many.

Les Précieuses Ridicules premiered in 1659 at the Théâtre du Petit-Bourbon in Paris. The play's title is translated as The Affected Young Ladies, or The Pretentious Young Ladies. The play has been performed in regional repertory, middle school, high school, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 6 men

About the Playwright:

Molière was the stage name of Jean Baptiste Molière (1622-1673). His plays achieved great success and elicited enormous controversy with their religious irreverence.

Barrett Harper Clark (1890-1953) was an influential Canadian editor, critic, historian, lecturer, and literary manager. Born in Toronto, he toured as an actor before moving into academia and publishing. He taught dramatic literature at Columbia University while writing numerous articles and books on the theatre and translated into English a number of plays by French authors, including Molière's The Affected Young Ladies. From 1918 to 1936, he was the literary editor for Samuel French in New York (1918-1936) after which he founded and headed Dramatists Play Service as executive director (1936-1953).