THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES
co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française
in partnership with the LeFrak Center, Lakeside, Prospect Park Alliance, and Theatre for a New Audience
Available Until 2pm EST on Oct. 28th
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Translated by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur
Tony Award-Winner Tonya Pinkins
Kaliswa Brewster, Cristina Pitter, Tamara Sevunts, Mirirai Sithole, Carolyn Michelle Smith, Corey Tazmania
Director: Lucie Tiberghien
Producer: Garth Belcon
Production Manager: Thyra Hartshorn
Technology Consulting Group: Liminal Entertainment Technologies, LLC
Video Engineer: Andy Carluccio
Set Designer: Lina Younes
Costume Designer: Ari Fulton
Light Designer: Marie Yokoyama
Composer: Paul Brill
Sound Designer: Daniel Williams
Animator: Emily Rawson
Assistant Video Engineer: Jonathan Kokotajlo
Production Stage Manager: Madison Lane
FREE and open to all. Closed captions will be available in French. RSVP required to receive links for the live stream.
A Statement from Lucie Tiberghien and Garth Belcon
The School For Wives, at its core, is about gender power dynamics. We are looking forward to telling this classic 17th century French tale through the lens of a contemporary aesthetic and an all female, primarly non-white cast to further bring into focus the inherent power of justice and equality over racism and sexism. Furthermore, by casting a Black woman in the central role of ARNOLPHE - a white man of power and privilege, who is forced to realize that he cannot control or snuff out ANYONE's humanity - we are shining a light on the ultimate absurdity of similar American systems of oppression.
When the obsessive Arnolphe realizes that his ward, 17 year-old Agnès, actually has a mind of her own, he is flabbergasted. Nevertheless, intent on saving face and maintaining control, he doubles down on his decision to marry her.
Agnès, despite having been raised to remain completely ignorant, is saved by her own innate intelligence, Arnolphe's utter failure to see what is right in front of him, and the one thing he cannot steal from her; her humanity.
We will be hosting live Q&A's with team members immediately following the performances. Attendees can submit questions directly through the comments/chat features on the streaming platform, on Twitter, via Facebook Messenger, or via Instagram Direct Messages during the event or immediately after.
A recording will be available on our YouTube channel through 2pm EST on October 28th. Please note, only French closed captioning will be available for the recording.
This program is 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, Elizabeth and Jonathan Weiswasser, Caroline and Paul Cronson, and The Cultural Services of The French Embassy in New York.
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
Graphic Design: Unterdruck - Liane Fredel