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A Very Modern Classical Evening at The Picnic House
Starring Samira Wiley

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Lisa Gorlitsky

Nate Miller

Meet Gaël Octavia 

Born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, in 1977, Gaël Octavia has been living and working in Paris since 1995. Trained as a scientist, she is a self-taught jack-of-all-trades who writes novels, poetry, theater, short stories and screenplays, paints, makes short fiction films.. Her texts are marked by Martinique society, in which she grew up, while addressing universal themes such as migrants, family, identity, and female condition. Her plays have been read and performed in France, the United States, the Caribbean, Reunion Island, and Africa. Her first novel, La fin de Mame Baby (Gallimard) received the special mention of the jury of the 2017 Wepler Prize. Her latest publications are a play, Rhapsodie (Lansman Editeur), created par Abdon Fortune Koumbha, and a novel, La bonne histoire de Madeleine Démétrius (Gallimard), both released in 2020.

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Kaliswa Brewster, Lizzy Brooks, Alanna Darby, Lisa Gorlitsky, Nate Miller and Samira Wiley. 

Creative Team

Produced by Molière in the Park with the generous support of the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

In partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

Director: Lucie Tiberghien

Producer: Garth Belcon

Marketing Associate: Nicole Breeden

Press Rep: David Gibbs/DARR Publicity

Community Advocate: Kaliswa Brewster

Covid Safety

Please be advised Molière in the Park is following all NYC COVID mandates. Everyone attending MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED two weeks prior to the event. PROOF OF VACCINATION ALONG WITH ID will be checked at the door.


In Gaël Octavia’s fever dreamlike FAMILY, a trapped wife, a closeted queer husband, and their young children unravel under the weight of “maintaining the facade.” What is the  disease that spreads through us and our families when social conventions of any kind force us into hiding?

The Imaginary Cuckold

In Molière’s farce, THE IMAGINARY CUCKOLD, a tiny innocuous event gives birth to a virus called paranoia that contaminates all the characters in the story like a formidable wildfire. Within no time, all have lost their mind and become “imaginary cuckolds”.

This program was made possible through the generous support of the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

We thank our season major supporters: The de Groot Foundation, Samira Wiley, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Elizabeth and Jonathan Weiswasser.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:





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