Celebrating Molière's 400th Birthday

March 2022

A master of satire and stage, Molière is considered one of France’s greatest playwrights. This March, as part of the global celebration marking the 400th anniversary of his birth, FIAF is presenting three special events. Join us for a performance featuring excerpts from his most famous comedies, a talk on Molière’s relevance today, and the original uncensored version of Tartuffe.

Past Events

Staged Excerpts

Molière Turns 400

17th Century Paris Meets
21st Century New York

World Premiere

Thursday, March 10–Saturday, March 12, 2022

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Opening Night Reception on March 10

In English

Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Starring Lisa Gorlitsky, Margaret Ivey, and Postell Pringle

Discover the sharp social critique hidden behind Molière’s most famous comedies: The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and Tartuffe! With a selection of staged excerpts, director Lucie Tiberghien and a diverse company of actors remind us how unshakably pertinent these biting 17th-century satires remain today.

HD Screening

Molière’s Uncensored Tartuffe
by Comédie-Française

US Premiere

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In French with English subtitles

Directed by Ivo van Hove

See the Comédie-Française and Ivo van Hove’s visionary new interpretation of Tartuffe, which was broadcast widely across France in celebration of Molière’s 400 year legacy. Van Hove reimagines the original banned version of Tartuffe that outraged the Catholic Church in 1664, was censored by the King the day after its premiere, and performed only once in its history.