co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française
in partnership with PPA and the LeFrak Center, Lakeside
Live Streaming June 27th at 2pm EST and 7pm EST
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Translated by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur
Raúl E. Esparza, Samira Wiley
Kaliswa Brewster, Toccarra Cash, Chris Henry Coffey,
Naomi Lorrain, Jared McNeill, Chloé Noble,
Jennifer Mudge, Rosemary Prinz, Carter Redwood
Producer: Garth Belcon
Production Designer: Kris Stone
Production Manager: Thyra Hartshorn
Video Programing and Technology Consultant: Andy Carluccio
Sound Designer/Composer: Paul Pinto (Mad Forest)
Animation: Emily Rawson and Jonathan Kokotajlo
Visual Director/Advisor: John Freeman
FREE and open to all. Closed captions will be available in English and French. RSVP required to receive links for the live stream.
A Statement from Lucie Tiberghien and 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. Our goal is to reinforce the power of faith, love and respect for every human life, versus religious posturing for economic or political gain.
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 take over, until lies are exposed and fallacy is extracted from the home.
Tartuffe Online is a New York Times Critic's Pick!
"What abets the story’s resonance now is that Tartuffe, especially in Esparza’s hilariously outré performance, is not really a hypocrite, which implies core beliefs, but a flat-out huckster, with none. Religiosity is merely a disguise he dons to gull Wiley’s Orgon, a rich old man who, with little morality of his own, is especially susceptible to the appearance of morality in others. To watch Esparza finger his rosary as if it were a sex toy and Wiley fall gushingly in love with him, is to see how swindlers and dupes depend on each other’s extremes."
VIEWING PERIOD EXTENDED
Although we were originally scheduled to remove the recording today (7/1) at 2pm EST in accordance with our contract with AEA, we are currently working with SAG-AFTRA to extend the viewing period for everybody. We have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and interest in Tartuffe, so we were allowed by SAG-AFTRA to keep the recording up while negotiations are ongoing.. We will update you when we know more.
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 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
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
Graphic Design: Unterdruck - Liane Fredel