L'Ecole des femmes was first staged in Paris on December 26, 1662, and scored an immediate and lasting success. Moliere played Arnolphe; Armande, his bride of less than a year, played Agnes. While we are repeatedly warned today against reading private meanings into Moliere's plays, we may at least note that the situation, the problem of an ardent middle-aged lover and the bride he has trained from babyhood, was Moliere's own.
Children's Theatre. The Scene takes place in the stations of the Underground Railroad from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, 1854.