Creative Team

co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française

in partnership with LeFrak Center, Lakeside and Prospect Park Alliance

Starring

Raúl E. Esparza, Samira Wiley

With

Kaliswa Brewster, Toccarra Cash, Chris Henry Coffey, Naomi Lorrain, Jared McNeill, Chloé Noble, Jennifer Mudge, Rosemary Prinz, Carter Redwood

Director: Lucie Tiberghien

Producer: Garth Belcon

Production Designer: Kris Stone

Production Manager: Thyra Hartshorn

Video Programing and Technology Consultant: Andy Carluccio

Sound Designer/Composer: Paul Pinto

Animation: Emily Rawson and Jonathan Kokotajlo

Visual Director/Advisor: John Freeman

A Statement from Lucie Tiberghien & Garth Belcon

 

We are disturbed and appalled by the corrosive and dangerously divisive nature of religious double standards and the questionable moral righteousness we are currently witnessing. Turning to Tartuffe, with this company of actors and creative team has been healing. We aim to shed light on the power of faith, love and respect for every human life, versus religious posturing for economic or political gain.

 

Synopsis

 

Tartuffe: a dubiously pious crook, happy to use the bible as a prop for personal gain.

Orgon: a naive, lost, and aging patriarch, lusting for his fleeting power.

When these two forces meet in Molière’s timely satire TARTUFFE, division and chaos ensues, until lies are exposed and fallacy is extracted from the home.

Praise for Tartuffe

In a New York Times Critic’s Pick headlined “When Tartuffe meets Trump, It’s Revolutionary,” Jesse Green raves, “This is an implicitly political Tartuffe, full of delight for our undelightful time.” Summarizing the production, he writes: “With allusions to the White House as well as Black Lives Matter, it tears down walls to rebuild a classic.”

"[Samira] Wiley makes a fine, dapper foil for Tartuffe’s [Raúl E. Esparza] excesses, gracefully charting how Orgon’s blissed-out gullibility crumbles into humiliated outrage."

- Observer - David Cote

“Providing a powerhouse performance that explodes beyond her small Zoom box is Toccarra Cash as Orgon’s charming, knowing wife, Elmire.  Between them stands Raúl E. Esparza in the title role.  He delights in playing every false note of Tartuffe’s guff with the twinkle of a Tony nominated star.”

- The Unforgettable Line - Cathy Hammer

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TARTUFFE

Translated by Richard Wilbur

June 27th, 2020

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“With allusions to the White House as well as Black Lives Matter, it tears down walls to rebuild a classic.”

-The New York Times

Raul Esparza - Tartuffe

Raul Esparza - Tartuffe

Samira Wiley - Orgon

Samira Wiley - Orgon

Naomi Lorrain - Damis

Naomi Lorrain - Damis

Jared McNeill - Cléante

Jared McNeill - Cléante

Kaliswa Brewster - Marianne

Kaliswa Brewster - Marianne

Jenny Mudge - Dorine

Jenny Mudge - Dorine

Rosemary Prinz - Mme Pernelle

Rosemary Prinz - Mme Pernelle

Carter Redwood - Valère

Carter Redwood - Valère

Toccarra Cash - Elmire

Toccarra Cash - Elmire

Chris Coffey - Mr. Loyal/Officer

Chris Coffey - Mr. Loyal/Officer

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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:

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.

Graphic Design: Unterdruck - Liane Fredel