At its core, Molière’s biting 17th-century satire about a privileged and misguided man so intimidated by women that he grooms his own ward for marriage, is about gender power dynamics. In this contemporary retelling, Tony Award–winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline, or Change) stars as the patriarch Arnolphe, obsessed with keeping 17-year-old Agnès ignorant so that she will remain faithful to him.
Director Lucie Tiberghien examines this classic tale through the lens of an all-woman cast to shine a light on the ultimate absurdity of similar American systems of oppression. Like Agnès, no one’s humanity can be snuffed out.
Performance: 90 minutes
Post-Show Q&A with Director and Cast: 20 minutes
Cast & Creative Team
Starring Tonya Pinkins, Tony Award-winner for Jelly’s Last Jam, writer-director of the upcoming socio-political horror film Red Pill, and host of the podcast You Can’t Say That on BPN.fm/ycst
Co-starring Kaliswa Brewster, Tamara Sevunts, and Corey Tazmania
Directed by Molière in the Park founder Lucie Tiberghien
Translated by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur
Producer: Garth Belcon
Video Programing and Technology Consultant: Andy Carluccio