On November 13-14, we presented a staged reading of The School for Wives at the Picnic House in Prospect Park. Guests were welcomed in from the cold with the with a crackling fireplace and complimentary glasses of Chandon Brut.
This event was produced in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and was part of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.
The School for Wives
“And there are four things only she must know:
To say her prayers, love me, spin, and sew.”
To Arnolphe, these words describe the perfect, obedient wife and if all goes to plan, 17-year old Agnes, whom he has raised to know nothing but these four things, will serve him well. However, love strikes at the most inopportune times and on the eve of their wedding, Arnolphe discovers Agnes’s affections for the young and passionate Horace. Like any wise man in power, Arnolphe doubles down on his deceit and conspires to keep his control over Agnes’s mind and body.
Photography by Russ Rowland.