The 2011 spring mainstage play at Jewell Theatre Company was Moliere's The Misanthrope. The director chose to reverse the genders of all of the characters so that the story played out with surprising results. The leading male character Alceste was played by a woman as a woman named Nicole. The fickle leading female character Celimine was changed to a whiney and indecisive male playboy named Orgon. The setting was switched from France to Washington D.C., USA and any references to governing bodies were changed to American government titles.
Overall the performance was a success in that the script was made more accessible to young American audiences with the change of locale, and also gave some power to the female performers.
The setting was the living quarters of the playboy Orgon. A young, rich up and coming government official. The shell of the room is designed after French Neo-Classical interiors, but reduced to more simple mouldings and trims. The furnishings were modern and masculine, with a few feminine touches.
The designs were executed over an 8 week period by a crew of undergraduate theatre students with varying degrees of skill and technical experience.