DATE:  October 30, 2007       
CONTACT: Chris Lusk, 361.825.2362; or Cassandra Hinojosa 361.825.2337

Comedy of 17th Century French Theatre to Open in November
‘Molière in Love’ Playwright Laura Shamas to Visit on Opening Night

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Theatre Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present “Molière in Love” from Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

The comedy by playwright Laura Shamas goes behind the scenes of 17th century French theatre to reveal the hysterical underbelly of playmaking. Shamas, who has written 30 plays including “The Other Shakespeare” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” will be present opening night. Her work has been read and developed by theaters including London’s Soho Theatre, San Francisco’s Golden Thread Productions and Toronto’s Native Earth Performing Arts.

The play is directed by senior theater major Marshall Carby.

The great comic dramatist Molière, in order to mend the strained relationship with his wife, struggles to create a play about divine love. Molière must find a balance between making his company happy, making the king happy, and making his wife happy. He battles literary and romantic rivals, a meddlesome royal patron, an insane deadline and his own ego in order to create a work worthy of his task.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $7 for seniors and military, $5 for faculty and staff and $3 for students with SandDollar ID. For more information or to order tickets, call 361.825.5800 or e-mail