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Frances Burney’s rarely seen 18th century proto-feminist satire, “THE WOMAN HATER” is the story of broken engagements, excessive romanticism – and one massively misguided misogynist. The one and only Everett Quinton directs this special event. Sir Roderick has turned frantic misogynist for two reasons: he was jilted 17 years previously and his sister had the gall to marry his ex-fiancee’s brother. Burney’s outrageously witty comedy of manners bursts into life with the introduction of the former fiancee, Lady Smatter, who has turned into a voracious and addle-brained bookworm.With its unforgettable characters and delicious absurdity, “The Woman Hater ” is a lost comic treat. As directed by Everett Quinton (Red Bull’s The Mystery of Irma Vep and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company), it’s sure to be a doubly sweet one.
Directed by Everett Quinton, this livestream benefit reading will feature Bill Army, Arnie BurtonVeanne CoxRebecca S’Manga FrankCherie Corinne RiceMatthew SaldivarJenne Vath, and Nick WestrateDavid M. Barber and Sara Jean Tosetti provide visual and costume designs. This exceptional cast will come together to present the play LIVE from their homes––anything can happen.
Frances Burney wrote the The Woman Hater between 1796 and 1801. Although the play was never performed in public, Burney drew a cast list of prominent actors from Drury Lane, including Sarah Siddons, the best known tragedienne of the day, as Eleonora. The play shares its title with the 1607 play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, which also lampoons misogyny. Burney’s play first came to light in 1945 when the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library acquired a collection of her writing. Her plays were published for the first time in 1995.The Woman Hater is best characterized as a sentimental comedy, but it contains elements of several other genres including gothic drama, farce and comedy of manners.
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