: (noun ) A hater of mankind; a person who distrusts and avoids other people.Oxford English Dictionary
“I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around.” --Charles Bukowski
“I'm not anti-social. I'm just not social.” --Woody Allen
“I wish I loved the human race, I wish I loved its silly face, and when
I'm introduced to one, I wish I thought "what jolly fun"!”
“Most people are full of themselves and speak only the obnoxiously
superficial, in other words they're annoying as hell” --Novala Takemoto,
“I have always hated crowds. I like deserts, prisons, and monasteries. I
have discovered, too, that there are fewer idiots at 3000 meters above
sea level than down below.” --Jean Giono, An Italian Journey
“Knowledge subverts love: in proportion as we penetrate our secrets, we
come to loathe our kind, precisely because they resemble us.” --Emil
“I cannot but conclude that the Bulk of your Natives, to be the most
pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to
crawl upon the Surface of the Earth.” --Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
“A poet or philosopher should have no fault to find with his age if it
only permits him to do his work undisturbed in his own corner; nor with
his fate if the corner granted him allows of his following his vocation
without having to think about other people.” --Arthur
Schopenhauer, The Art of Literature
“The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace,
The prurient ape's defiling touch:
And do you like the human race?
No, not much.”
--Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence
“I alternate between feeling sympathetic toward humanity and being a
misanthrope. When I'm sympathetic, it usually means I haven't been
around people in awhile.” --John R. Lindensmith
“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” --H. L. Mencken
(Eliante), currently at Northeastern working towards her degree in
early childhood education, is excited to be in her second show at the
Stage Center Theatre. She studied improv at Improv Olympics and has done
multiple sketch comedy shows around Chicago. She would like to thank
the cast of The Misanthrope for all the mediocre laughs, her family and
friends for all their mediocre love and support, and Jesus, her favorite
Barista, for the superior coffee.
(Oronte) is currently studying Philosophy and Theatre at NEIU. He
studied Film and Video at Columbia College Chicago and made an 8-minute
short film there called Painting Aphrodite: a Story of Loss. He has
written 10 screenplays and is currently in the pre-production stages of
the feature-film version of Painting Aphrodite. This is his first role
since playing Lancelot in his grade school production of Camelot, but
working closely with his seasoned actors, he has become attuned to the
art of performance.
(Arsinoe) is currently a CMT major at NEIU. She has been in such
performances as Fuddy Meers as Gertie, O Come All Ye Faithful as Sue,
The Merry Wives of Windsor as Mistress Page, and Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat as the Narrator. She wants to thank her family and
friends for listening while she slipped in and out of 12 syllable
verse, the cast and crew for their support and humor, and Rodney, not
only the opportunity, but also his encouragement, especially for making
things more catty.
(Alceste) is a Communication, Media and Theatre major at NEIU. He
is excited to be in another production at Stage Center after playing
Peter in O Come All Ye Faithful, Fabian in Twelfth Night, and Richard in
Fuddy Meers. He would like to thank his family and friends for
their support (and help with memorizing lines) and Rodney and the cast
and crew for making a difficult show come together so well.
(Celimene) is very excited to be returning to the Stage Center
stage. A CMT major, she previously studied dance and theater at
Barat College. Favorite roles include Roxy in Chicago, Hodel in
Fiddler on the Roof, Polly in 3 Penny Opera, and Maria in Twelfth
Night. Thanks to Rodney for the opportunity to expand her horizons
in rhyming couplets, Anna and Lisa for their support and guidance, a
truly talented cast and crew, and RJ for being her rock- LU! And
to the audience...."Oh! Darlings! It's such a treat to see
(Clitandre) is thrilled to be making his first performance at the Stage
Center Theatre. Recent credits include Eugene in The Spotted Man
and Dave in The Wedding Singer. He currently attends NEIU, jerks
coffee at Starbucks, and is a facilitator/company member with Stillpoint
Theatre Collective, conducting theater workshops for adults with
developmental disabilities. If you'd like to catch him after the show,
as far as Mark's concerned, it's still rather early. His first meeting
tomorrow's not 'til 8:30.
(Acaste) is currently a philosophy major at NEIU. New to theater, he
has only performed in one other production: Crimes of the Heart as Doc
Porter. An avid admirer of Moliére’s genius, he is thrilled to be taking
part in a play which he considers a timeless classic. Nicholas would
like to thank his talented cast and crew for the hard work and the LOLs.
(Philinte) has done a lot of work around Chicago, but The Misanthrope
has quickly become one of his favorites. He'd like to thank the cast,
crew, and director for making it such a great experience. He'd also like
to thank his friends and family for ponying up to see his shows.
Rodney Higginbotham (Director) holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Southern Illinois University and
a BA in Speech Education from Northeast Louisiana University. He has
served as Managing/Artistic Director of the Stage Center Theatre and
Acting Chair of the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre. He
has directed several productions for the Stage Center and for
professional, educational, and community theatres in Chicagoland.
Lilly Allison (Asst.
Director) is currently student teaching and will be graduating from NEIU
in May. This is her first experience assistant directing a show. She
has studied theater here at NEIU, at DePaul, and at Stanford Meisner's
Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. She is an experienced improviser and
stand-up comedian. She has recently been seen traveling around the
country (and Vienna, Austria) with The Second City's National Touring
Company. She is an ensemble member at The Annoyance Thtr and performs at
I.O. She spends her evenings teaching improv at The Annoyance and
Second City. She wants to thank Rodney for being a great teacher!
Yim Chiu (Stage Manager)
is stage managing a Stage Center Production for the first time with The
Misanthrope. She has assisted stage managed previously in The Odd Couple
and Fuddy Meers. She is a student at NEIU with a major in
Communication, Media and Theatre with a minor in Theatre. She wants to
thank Rodney Higginbotham for giving her the opportunity to be a part of
this production. She also wants to thank the cast of The Misanthrope.
Big thanks to her family, Anna, Lisa, Pat, Shyla, Nickolena, Bella, and
all of her friends for believing in her. C&C
Arbella Albazi (Asst.
Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of another wonderful Stage
Center production. She recently assistant directed for The Odd
Couple and Twelfth Night. Arbella would like to thank Rodney for
the opportunity to assistant stage manage The Misanthrope and to work
along side some of the most talented actors and crew members EVER!
You guys are truly incredible!
John Rodriguez (Lighting
Designer) joined the theatre faculty at NEIU nine years ago and has been
teaching courses in technical theatre as well as working as a designer
on Stage Center Theatre productions. Most recent designs include Around
the World in Eighty Days, Bleacher Bums, Odd Couple, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream as well as Thymely Theatre’s productions of You Can’t Take It
With You and As You Like It.
Jessica Kuehnau (Scenic
Designer) is pleased to be designing her fifth season for the Stage
Center Theatre. Since completing her M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design
at Northwestern University, Ms. Kuehnau has been designing sets and
costumes for such notable theatres as Pegasus Players, Circle Theatre,
Griffin, Lifeline Theatre, MPAACT, Adventure Stage Chicago, Metropolis
Performing Art Center and Backstage Theatre. She is also the resident
set designer at North Park University and a founding ensemble member of
Adventure Stage Center Chicago.
Jana Anderson (Costume
Designer) has worked with the Stage Center Theatre for the last few
years Her work has also been featured by numerous theatre groups
including Redmoon Theatre, Light Opera Works, Irish Repertory Theatre,
just to name a few. Prior to coming to the United States, Jana created
elaborate costumes for classical opera productions at the Slovak
National Theatre in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. When she is not
preparing costumes for theatre productions, Jana is busy designing and
creating unique haute couture fashions for individual clients in the US
Managing Artistic Director Rodney Higginbotham
Theatre Bookkeeper Lisa Cantwell
Publications & Publicity Staff Elizabeth Krahulec and Elizabeth Serrano
Newsletter Editor Elizabeth Krahulec
Box Office & House Managers Marta Mardosz and Seden Odabas
Special thanks to
The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Faculty and Staff,
The Misanthrope is produced by special arrangement with The Agency (London) Ltd.