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Graphic Design by Liane Fredel

Full Program

Translated and adapted by David Chambers
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

​In partnership with LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park Alliance and in collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library

Special thank you to Caparelliotis Casting for their precious help with casting the role of Harpagon

MaYaa Boateng, MARIANNE

MaYaa Boateng starred in and originated her role in the Pulitzer Prize winning production, Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury (SoHo Rep); As well as her multiple characters in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives adapted by Jocelyn Bioh (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public); Other NYC theatre credits include Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, Or the Reeducation of Undine (Signature Theatre); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public); Exception to the Rule (Roundabout) and Fairview (TFANA). Film/TV: "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix); "City on a Hill" (Showtime); "High Maintenance"(HBO); “Chicago PD” (NBC); “The Blacklist” (NBC); “FBI” (CBS); Reunion (Short, 2023 Best Actress Award winner, Bronzelens Film Festival). MFA: NYU Graduate Acting

Alana Raquel Bowers, CLEANTE

Broadway: CHICKEN AND BISCUITS (Circle in the Square Theater). Off-Broadway: BERNARDA’S DAUGHTERS (The New Group and the National Black Theater at the Signature Theater), WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN ( A.R.T./New York Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, the Public Theater, and BAM, respectively) Regional: SCRAPS (the Flea Theater), CHICKEN AND BISCUITS (Queens Theatre). Film/TV credits: "After Class", “Fantasy Life” (coming soon), "FBI: Most Wanted" (CBS), “Dr. Death” (Peacock). Alana is in the midst of producing two projects: the Transatlantic Commission Project with Irish Repertory Theater and the Apollo, and Anansi Creative Studio’s “Storytellers Spotlight Series”. Baltimore School for the Arts alum. BFA: NYU Tisch Drama’s New Studio on Broadway. 

Francesca Faridany, HARPAGON

Recent theatre highlights: Tanika Gupta’s The Empress (RSC, UK), Marie Curie in The Half-life of Marie Curie (Audible), for which she received a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination in 2020; Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (2015 Best Play TONY); Nina Leeds in Strange Interlude, Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes Award); Orlando in Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando (CSC), the title role in her own adaptation of Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else (Sundance, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla, Berkeley) and the many productions with director Stephen Wadsworth. On screen: She Came to Me, The Girls on the Bus, Black Panther, Love After Love, Conceiving Ada, The Fourth Wall, Manifest, Blacklist, Hunters, Bull, Falling Water, The Menendez Murders, Homeland, Law&Order; SVU, E.R., Deadline

Lisa Gorlitsky, MAITRE JAQUES

Lisa began her professional Acting career at the age of seven, and has been seen in numerous Primetime and Daytime television series including recent appearances on all various Law & Order iterations and “FBI”, movies made for television such as the recent “12 Days of Christmas”, feature films such as “Rounders” and national advertising campaigns, as well as various theater productions including those at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater, Molière in the Park and “Stars in the House”. Lisa earned her BFA in Acting at SUNY Purchase. She wishes to thank her family and friends for all their love and support. @lisagorlitsky 

Lakisha May, FROSINE

Broadway: Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Skeleton Crew (Manhattan Theatre Club). Off-Broadway: Everybody, In The Blood (Signature Theatre Company), Sojourners (NYTW, Playwright’s Realm). Regional Theater: La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Alliance Theater, Arden Theatre, Marin Theater Company, and others. Film & TV: Historias del Canal, City on a Hill, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: SVU, Forever, Blue Bloods and others. Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater. BA, Spelman College. 
Lakisha supports artists with her producing collective, CCC. Lakisha serves as chair of the Leadership Awards committee at the James Beard Foundation. She also serves as co-vice chair of the board at SPACE on Ryder Farm. @kisha_may 

Ismenia Mendes, ELISE

Ismenia Mendes: Mac Beth (RedBull/Hunter), Marys Seacole (LCT3), Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon (59E59), The Liar (CSC), Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing (The Public - Delacorte), Grand Concourse, Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons). The Wayside Motor Inn (The Signature Theater), Family Furniture (The Flea), Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: Katharine/Boy in Henry V (Two River Theater). Tv/film: Little Voice, Orange is the New Black, High Maintenance, The Devil You Know (HBOpilot: Jenji Kohan/Gus Van Sant), Lost Holiday, Are You Happy Now, Hayseed. Training: Juilliard.


Broadway: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Machinal. Off Broadway: 12 productions with the Public Theater - most recently playing Polonius in last summer's Hamlet in Central Park directed by Kenny Leon. TImon of Athens (TFANA), The Most Deserving (Women's Project), Falling (Minetta Lane), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Rep). London: Love’s Fire (Barbican). Film/TV: The Last Thing Mary Saw, Salt, Invisible Sign, "The Good Fight", "Bull", "Murder of a President", All of the "Law & Orders", "Chappelle's Show", "Queen's Supreme", "Damages". He is a virtuoso guitarist and composed/performed a live score for Michael Gaston’s solo show Low Expectations (Theater Aspen & Theatreworks Silicon Valley).MFA from NYU. 2017 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.

Calvin Leon Smith, VALERE

Broadway: Fat Ham (American Airlines Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Animal Kingdom (The Connelly Theatre) Fat Ham (The Public Theatre, Obie Award winner). Tour: Sweat (The Public Theater's Mobile National). Regional: On the Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf); Several plays at The Clarence Brown Theatre and The Actors Theatre of Louisville, Macbeth (Shakespeare on the Sound). TV/film: "The Underground Railroad" (Amazon),"The Deuce (HBO)," "High Maintenance" (HBO); Benny and James (Winner of Best Cast – Cannes Short Film Showcase);  Better Man (Best Actor in a Short, Queens World Film Festival), Paper Friends. The Juilliard School.

DIRECTOR: Lucie Tiberghien

A Brooklynite since 2001, Lucie was raised in France and Switzerland. Specializing in new work, Lucie spent 15 years developing and directing new plays in New York City and all over the country. She directed World Premieres at La Jolla Playhouse, CATF, Second Stage, Rattlestick Theater, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Kansas City Rep, Manhattan Class Company and more. As a translator and adapter, Lucie’s work has been produced in Paris and in New York. Bringing free theater and the works of Molière to Brooklyn was a long time dream which she is thrilled has become a reality. In 2021, she was awarded the prestigious designation of chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Government.

PRODUCER: Garth Belcon
An independent feature film Writer and Producer, and a theater Producer and Production Manager, Garth was raised in the Bronx but has called Brooklyn home for more than 15 years. His films, which include Whiteboys and Jails Hospitals & Hip-Hop, have been distributed by media companies such as 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Studio Canal Plus, Samuel Goldwyn Classics, STARZ Entertainment, and HBO. His theater works have been presented in houses like the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House and International Theater Festival of Havana. Garth is excited and honored to be a part of bringing Molière and the funny, biting, brilliant social commentary of his work, to Brooklyn and all of NYC annually.

SET DESIGNER: Marie Yokoyama
Marie is a Japanese lighting and set designer.  She has designed for Moliere in the Park for their online production of Pen/Man/Ship and School for Wives. Her set design credits include Human at Asheville Creative Arts; Pillowtalk, TALA, and The India Plays with Kyoung’s Pacific Beats; Merry Widow and Fantasticks at Opera Theatre Pittsburg; and The God of Carnage at Redhouse Arts Center.  Her recent lighting credits include Madama Butterfly at Virginia Opera; Dangerous Days at Miami New Drama; Cyrano de Bergerac at KC Rep; and Kim’s Convenience at Westport County Playhouse.


Stoli Stolnack (they/them) is an NYC-based lighting designer and associate. Design: Moliere in the Park, Terminus (4th St Theatre), War Dreamer (Loading Dock) Associate: Once Upon A Mattress and Dear World (Encores), Prayer for the French Republic and How I Learned to Drive (MTC- Friedman), Jagged Little Pill National Tour, The Harder They Come and Fire in Dreamland (The Public), Dance Nation and Wives (Playwrights Horizons).


Jessica Irvin, a Maryland born, New York raised Costume Designer, is currently the Costume Shop Manager at Queensborough Community College. She has worked as a Costume Designer and Assistant Costume Designer on several productions throughout her 9-year career. She has worked on shows for The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Signature Theatre, and The New School , just to name a few. She is excited to be returning this year, to design her second show with Moliere in the Park. She feels blessed every day to be able to use clothing to tell a story. #IrvinLegacy

COMPOSER: Paul Brill

Composer Paul Brill is a three time Emmy Award nominee who recently won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association.  He collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, Burma Soldier, composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” He recently made his Off-Broadway debut, composing the score for Gabriel Jason Dean’s Terminus, which featured stage legend/Best Actress Tony Winner Deirdre O’Connell and premiered to great acclaim at The New York Theatre Workshop. He is currently at work developing a new theatrical musical/libretto ballet/film/operetta – “The Cost of Believing” – to be staged in NYC in 2024.


Madison Lane  (she/her) Moliere in the Park: Tartuffe or The Hypocrite, The Misanthrope, pen/man/ship (online). Off-Broadway: Pericles [Classic Stage Company]; Rachel Bloom: Death, Let Me Do My Show, Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion, KATE [Mike & Carlee Productions]; Terminus [New York Theatre Workshop]; Richard III, King Lear [New York Classical Theatre]. Tour: Coco Live-to-Film Concert [AMP Worldwide]; ’Twas the Night Before Christmas [Right Angle Entertainment]. Madison creates art because she believes that it has the power to change the world. Thank you for joining us!


Deanna Kahn is a New York based stage manager excited to be joining MIP for the first time. Recent New York credits include Bedlam’s Arcadia, Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground (Off-Broadway) and Misconceptions (Blessed Unrest). She has worked regionally with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company and Kitchen Theatre. Opera credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Rigoletto, Fellow Travelers and Agrippina with Florida Grand Opera. She would like to thank her friends, family and partner for their support.

A1: Je’Breanne Morgan

Pronouns she/they. A Plaquemine Louisiana native, JeBreanne is an audio technician that’s been New York based since August 2023. They are passionate about the arts and getting more people from marginalized communities involved in technical theatre. Her most recent projects include being A1 for Manhattan Theatre Clubs production of Poor Yella Rednecks and Brooklyn Laundry.

A2: Stephanie L. Carlin

Stephanie L. Carlin (she/they) is a composer, sound designer and orchestrator based in New York City, NY. She is currently developing Spectrum, a queer neurodiverse musical comedy, which was presented at New York Theatre Barn’s 17th Annual New Works Series and will be developed with the Fire Island Pines Arts Project. Recent credits include Until Dark, Fry Bread Queen, and Twenty-Sided Tavern at Broadway Playhouse in Chicago @sleotacarlin


Mitchell Strong is making his Molière in the Park debut! He is currently the production manager of Small Acts of Daring Invention at HERE. He has worked across North America and the UK in theater and live events for over a decade. Career highlights include: Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (BEDLAM), Spies for the Pope (Theater for the New City), Adirondack Theatre Festival, Tours: Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken | Twenty Years,  RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World, Drive n’ Drag, Canada’s Drag Race: Live at the Drive-in, and 2 solo tours with Lea Salonga: Dream Again and Human Heart.


Joshua Farner has worked as a production manager, stage manager, and director in both New York and Philadelphia. Most recent work includes roles at New York City Dance Alliance (Onstage NY tour), RWS Global (MSC Seascape), and Privcap Media. He holds a BFA from University of the Arts in directing and production.


Isaac Van Curen is a theatre and visual artist based in Brooklyn. He has worked in many facets, designing custom stage wear, painting large scale canvases, and performing as a drag queen (Isaac Miss Isaac). His work has been at the Lungs Harvest Art Festival, The Human Impact Institution, NY Theatre Festival, HERE ARTS, The Tank, Stella Adler, Playwrights Horizons, and many more. He is stage managing a production that will run at The Shed in June. He has a BA from Ithaca College and a MA from NYU. Check out his work at or insta @isaacmissisaac

STAGEHAND: Cassidy Hayden

Cassidy Hayden (she/they) is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, they have worked in production management in Sarasota, Florida and Sag Harbor, New York before relocating to New York City in January. Her most recent position was as technical PA on Broadway's Water for Elephants. Big thanks to the whole Molière in the Park team for bringing such a fun show right to Prospect Park!


David Gibbs (Press Representative) (he/him) is the founder of DARR Publicity, a boutique entertainment press agency specializing in theater, comedy, dance, film, music and unique theatrical experiences. David has publicized shows at many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway venues throughout NYC. His clients have won Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Obie and Off Broadway Alliance Awards, and have been nominated for Bessie and Chita Rivera Awards.


A native New Yorker, Emma is proud to have been raised in Prospect Heights by parents who instilled a love of theater and the arts from a young age. She graduated in December 2021 from the State University of New York at New Paltz where she studied Digital Media Production and International Relations. She is passionate about communications and has had the privilege of working in a variety positions through her college career and post-graduation, including as Staff Writer at the New Paltz Oracle and at the Legislative Gazette, and as a Communications Intern and later a consultant Communications Officer for an IGO. She is excited to return to her roots and have the opportunity to work with Molière in the Park to bring high-quality, free theater to New Yorkers. 

A note from our Board President, Kaliswa Brewster...
What does a theater space where everyone feels welcome and at home look like?

We are thrilled to be able to bring our third free production to Brooklyn’s backyard, Prospect Park. This year, we are aiming to reach 7,000 individuals, for many of whom, experiencing theater will be a first. In this time of division and unrest, we believe that live theater can unite and heal.Molière’s plays written in France 350 years ago may seem like unlikely vehicles to look at the social and political issues of our times but surprisingly, they always question, confront, provoke and demand that we pay attention. Rather than preach, they hold up a mirror and ask us to look, and laugh. Brooklyn is a microcosm of The United States and of the global world, it is home to every type of person, from every culture and every background. MIP’s goal is to break through the silos and foster community across all of our micro groups. What does a theater space where everyone feels welcome and at home look like? We believe it looks like Molière in the Park- where people from all walks of life are sitting together shoulder to shoulder, breathing the same air, laughing and reflecting, together.



This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. ​

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Evelyn Sharp Foundation,The American Society of The French Legion of Honor, The Richenthal Foundation. Angel Producer: Thomas Kail. Season Producer: Samira Wiley. Visionary Producers: Jon and Elizabeth Weiswasser, Sybilla and Alex Balkanski, and Carter Redwood. Executive Producers: Puth Family Foundation, Stephan Haimo and Veronica Bulgari, Nikola and Dana Duravcevic, Mimi O'Donnell, Producers: Mary Vines. Bill and Judy Steul, Associate Producer: Jenny AllenSponsors: The Araca Group, The Ryan and Ryan Team

​We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

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