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Renaissance Theatre: France Resources Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 13, pages 297 - 303. Plays. .. Pierre Corneille. Le Cid Jean Racine. Phedre Moliere. Tartuffe, The Doctor In Spite of Himself Renaissance Theatre Italy | England | France 1. When was the French renaissance? 1630 to 1700. 2. Who is France's greatest comic playwright? Jean Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), better known as Moliere. 3. Why did Jean Baptiste Poquelin change his name to Moliere? Jean Baptiste Poquelin's father was a minor official (royal upholsterer and furniture maker) in the court of King Louis XIII (reigned 1610-1643). When Jean Baptiste decided to become an actor, (his father wanted him to become a lawyer) and organized the Theatre Illustre in 1643, his father requested that he change his name so Jean would not embarrass either his family or the King's court. Acting was still an unacceptable profession in France. 4. What two types of comedies did he write? Moliere's ten major works are divided into two groups: (1) the farcical comedies (primarily influenced by the Commedia ) and the (2) high comedies (comedy of character). 5. List the title of one major work from each group? Farcical comedy -- The Doctor In Spite of Himself (1666), The Tricks of Scapine (1671) (sometimes known as Scapino Comedy of character -- Tartuffe (1664), See the Play Synopsis on page 412 in the Appendix. The Miser (1668), The Imaginary Invalid (1673) 6. How did he die? Where? He collapsed, on stage, during the fourth performance of The Imaginary Invalid and died later that evening at his home. 7. Why was he buried in a private ceremony?
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Moliere's Monument Père Lachaise Paris Because he had not reconciled with the church and did not die in a state of grace. Moliere was an actor, as well as a playwright, and all actors had
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