The Pests

A new translation of Molière’s Les Fâcheux
by Dr. Felicia Londré

Dates: January 12-30, 2022
Location: City Stage at Union Station
Director: Matt Schwader

Jake Walker, JT Nagle, Weiyi Zhang, Vi Tran, Jerry Mañan, R.H. Wilhoit, Chioma Anyanwu, Christina Schafer, Matt Williamson, Rober Gibby Brand, Logan Black, & Jan Rogge

Newly translated and adapted by UMKC professor Dr. Felicia Londré as part of the city-wide celebration, “KC MOlière: 400 in 2022,” “The Pests” follows the hilarious travails of a French nobleman desperately trying—in the face of continuous interruption—to be on time for a rendezvous with the object of his affection. In his 1661 comedy, “Les Fâcheux,” Molière, one of history’s greatest playwrights, dared to mock the hangers-on at the court of France’s Louis XIV. Surprisingly, this airy little garden-set trifle still has the ring of truth in those who would be adjacent to power some 360 years later! When we performed this delightful story last March as a virtual reading, the enthusiastic audience response persuaded our Artistic Committee to mount a full and lively production! 

This production is part of “KC MOlière: 400 in 2022,” a celebration of the 17th Century French playwright and actor, corresponding with what will be his 400th birthday in 2022. More information on the ongoing celebration is available at

*VACCINE REQUIREMENT: Proof of full vaccination (per CDC definition) is required for admittance into the performance; we will not be accepting negative test results at this time. We will not be making accommodations for children under 12. Masks are also required while inside the theatre. This policy is subject to change as the situation develops 

Director: Matt Schwader
Lighting Designer:
Mario Raymond
Scenic Designer: Dylan Bollinger
Costume Designer: Georgianna Buchanan
Properties Master: Eric Palmquist
Choreographer: Ron Megee