2009 Season


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Written and Directed by Gary Graves
Produced in: 2009

A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Darren Bridgett, Deborah Fink, Roberto Robinson.

Central Works is bringing back its 2002 hit comedy about a man who hates the world!  Is there ever a good reason to lie?  Is honesty always the best policy?  Even in affairs of the heart?  Alan Moore is a misanthrope–one who hates mankind or possesses a pessimistic distrust of human nature.  Everywhere in society, Alan finds nothing but falseness and hypocrisy.  “If it were up to me,” he declares, “we would all speak from the heart, or say nothing at all.” But when it comes to his best friend, Phil, and Celia, the woman he loves, absolute honesty may be too much for Alan to bear.

This play is available for licensing! Please contact us for details.

Darren Bridgett*
Deborah Fink*
Michael Navarra*

Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Stage Manager: Kristen Fitch

* Member Actors’ Equity Association

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“It’s a tight little show, without a minute’s letdown—excellent entertainment” (Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet)

“…the pleasure in Misanthrope is watching all those delicious moments when the characters get caught in a lie.” (Rachel Swan, East Bay Express)

“…all together a tight and incisive new play from old roots” (Jack Tucker, West County Times)

“…a thoroughly modern retelling of Moliere’s biting farce…ThisMisanthrope may hate all humanity, but audiences will appreciate its humor, excellent acting, and evocative surroundings.” (Lisa Drostova, East Bay Express)