(MADISON, NJ) —- In celebration of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2011 Season opening production of Moliere's brilliant comedy The Misanthrope, Gary's Wine & Marketplace will hold a free Great Wines of France wine tasting on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at its Madison, Bernardsville and Wayne locations. The tasting will feature a repertoire of France's finest summer rosés, reds and whites. During the tasting, each location will hold a raffle to win a pair of tickets to The Misanthrope which begins performances on June 1 and continues through June 26 at The Shakespeare Theatre's F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison. For more information about Gary's Wine & Marketplace, visit www.GarysWine.com. For more information or for tickets to The Misanthrope, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or call 973-408-5600.
"We are thrilled that our friends at Gary's Wine & Marketplace will help us celebrate the first production of our 49th Season in grand style," said Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Bonnie J. Monte. "The Misanthrope premiered in Paris on June 4th, 1666, and exactly 345 years later to the day, not only will we toast the opening of our production, but Gary's Wine and Marketplace will offer everyone the opportunity to sample the great wines from Moliere's birthplace."
"We support the local arts in any way we can, so pouring French wines in support of this classic French production is the perfect fit," added Gary Fisch, owner of Gary's Wine & Marketplace.
Considered one of the world's greatest masters of comedy, Molière is also the author of The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser and The Imaginary Invalid among many others. The Misanthrope, often considered Molière's finest achievement, features the misanthropic Alceste – a "fallen idealist" whose obsession with honesty and his rejections of society's often hypocritical social conventions wreak havoc on his life. Molière's enduring masterpiece bites as sharply and as hilariously now as it did in Paris in 1666, and while the play supplies a hefty dose of laughter and delight, it also delivers profound and sharp barbs about humankind's foibles and transgressions.
Gary's Wine & Marketplace locations are in Madison at 121 Main Street; Bernardsville at 100 Morristown Rd. (Rt. 202) and Wayne at 1308 Rt. 23 North.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described. Contact the theatre for more information. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.
The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare's canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.