Published May 8, 2014
By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City Herald
Kevin Gravitt of Burbank plays Phil and Jordan Rawlings of West Richland plays Liane in Haters, which runs May 15-18 in Pasco.
Ask people to name a common flaw in modern society, and you'll probably hear a lack of manners.
a centuries-old problem among people, because playwright/actor Molire
saw the same flaw in 17th-century French society and wrote a play about
it called The Misanthrope.
Fast forward to 2010. People are
still critical, moralistic and quick to show bad manners, which
prompted playwright Samuel Buggeln to take a more modern tack to
Molire's story, calling it Hater.
Columbia Basin College will bring Hater to the stage opening May 15 in the theater on the Pasco campus.
"Hater is a modern translation of The Misanthrope,
a comedy of manners," said Ronn Campbell, the play's director. "Though
the characters are quite serious about their actions, the audience will
find the situations humorous."
"My first exposure to this play was
at Humboldt State University, where I responded to the cast and crew of
a production of this very play. I thoroughly loved it. The playwright
Samuel Buggeln was in attendance, and I got a chance to talk with him
and discuss the connections that a play written in the 17th century has
on today's society," Campbell said.
Hater employs free
verse and a contemporary vernacular to make Molire's glaring
argumentation a hilarious comedy. The characters have been described by
theater critics as full of hateful thoughts yet hopelessly in love.
Alex, played by Daniel Sanders of Kennewick, who rejects social
convention, making him unpopular among his peers who see him as
superficial. But despite his weirdness, Alex falls in love with the
high-spirited Celine, played by Alexis Klippert of Kennewick, a
notorious flirt whose behavior epitomizes the manners Alex despises.
Alex does have admirers -- the moralistic Zinnia, played by Rebecca
Kelly of Richland, and the righteous Liane, played by Jordan Rawlings of
But when Alex insults a poem written by the powerful
noble Ron, played by Lee Hector of Prosser, Alex must stand trial
because he refuses to dole out false compliments.
Other key players in Hater
are Phil, played by Kevin Gravitt of Burbank; Cashin, played by Ricardo
Orta of Grandview; Clinton played by Deven Austin of Benton City;
Woody, played by Brittney Case of Pasco; Basque, played by Caitlin
Hunter of West Richland; and Guard, played by Chris Garcia of Pasco.
performances start at 7:30 p.m. May 15-17 with a 2 p.m. matinee May 18.
Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
CBC students are free. Buy tickets at the door. Find advance tickets at
Adventures Underground in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland or
J.D.'s Time Center in Kennewick.
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