Timothy Mooney to Perform One-Man Show at IWU
Timothy Mooney as Molire
March 18, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University will host the performance of comedian,
playwright, and actor Timothy Mooney in his one-man show Molire Than Thou on Friday,
April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
There will be a question and answer session following the show, which is free and
open to the pubic.
Mooney, who has worked in theatre for 30 years, has translated, adapted, and re-written
some of French playwright Molire's best plays. Molire Than Thou combines the greatest
parts of these plays in a comedic fictitious story of something Molire (1622-1673)
might have written.
In Mooney's Molire Than Thou, the main character, Molire, has been deserted by his
cast on the opening night of a new play, the cast having become sick with food poisoning
at a local inn. Because Molire does not want to lose the box office profits, he decides
to perform a succession of acts taken from his most successful plays, making a few
digs at some of his enemies in the process.
Critics say Mooney has “reinvigorated” renaissance theatre through his re-writing
of Molire. Mooney's plays have been praised as “surprisingly accomplished and funny”
(Chicago Tribune), “animated” (LA Weekly), and “outrageous and cleverly wrought” (San
Francisco Bay Guardian).
Contact: Leslie Boelter (309) 556-3181