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, Robert 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

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


Dr. Londré‘s translation has also been published and is available in paperback Amazon (featuring a cast photo from it’s inaugural KCAT production on the cover!)

Click here to pick up a copy!