Festive Moli?e Performance by the Picnic Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

The cast after the performance - Christina Carlisi, Oliver Robinson, Clara Brillembourg, Kashuo Bennett, Christina Sevilla, Director Karim Chrobog, Omar Popal and Nova DalyThe cast after the performance – Christina Carlisi, Oliver Robinson, Clara Brillembourg, Kashuo Bennett, Christina Sevilla, Director Karim Chrobog, Omar Popal and Nova Daly

THE WASHINGTON-BASED Picnic Theatre Company performed their third production – Moli?e’s “The Misanthrope” – in the Belle Vue Room ballroom at Dumbarton House in Georgetown last week.

LE MISANTHROPE ou l’Atrabilaire amoureux is a 17th-century comedy of manners written by Moli?e. It was first performed on June 4, 1666, at the Th?tre du Palais-Royal in Paris by the King’s Players. It’s a wonderful farce with a timeless appeal that focuses on a lead character whose idealistic but clumsy blunt honesty with the people around him leads him to become a misanthrope.

Upama Khatri, Anais de Viel Castel and Shamein QadriUpama Khatri, Anais de Viel Castel and Shamein Qadri

THE PICNIC Theatre Company cast for “The Misanthrope” consisted of Kashuo Bennett (as Philinte), Clara Brillembourg (as Arsinoe), Christina Carlisi (as Eliante), Nova Daly (as Clintandre), Omar Popal (as Oronte), Oliver Robinson (as Alceste) and Christina Sevilla (as Celimene). The director is C. Karim Chrobog. The proceeds from the performances benefited Dumbarton House (http://dumbartonhouse.org/) and theatreWashington (http://www.helenhayes.org/). The after party was held at Caf?Bonaparte.

THE PICNIC Theatre Company (http://www.facebook.com/PicnicTheatre) was formed by Oli Robinson and Bruce MacPhail to develop site-specific party theatre. Since its founding in 2010, Picnic Theatre’s previous sold-out productions include Moli?e’s “The Hypochondriac,” “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe,” and “An Evening with Anton Chekhov.”

George Chopivsky, Dave Vazzana and Paige SpeyerGeorge Chopivsky, Dave Vazzana and Paige Speyer

Christina Sevilla and Nova Daly during the performance.Christina Sevilla and Nova Daly during the performance.

Christina Carlisi, Oliver Robinson, Christina Sevilla, Omar Popal, C. Karim Chrobog, Nova Daly and Clara BrillembourgChristina Carlisi, Oliver Robinson, Christina Sevilla, Omar Popal, C. Karim Chrobog, Nova Daly and Clara Brillembourg

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