In Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska enjoys pursuing her interests in art, dance, music, and culture. A fan of opera and the theater, Valerie Varnuska particularly admires the work of French playwright Molière.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name Molière, was a famous French playwright and actor. He was noted for his comedic talents and his influential style of juxtaposing the sensible and the absurd.
Molière was born in Paris in 1622. He was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a furnisher to the royal household. He opted instead to devote his life to the theater and began to produce plays in 1643.
Molière’s theater company Illustre-Théâtre struggled financially. The local community of theatergoers could not support it, and Molière found himself in a debtors’ prison on more than one occasion. His troupe was fortunate enough to perform before Louis XIV in 1658, and the king’s brother became a dedicated patron as a result. As an official entertainer for the king, Molière went on to produce his best-known works, including The Precious Maidens Ridiculed and The Imaginary Invalid before passing away in 1673.