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Molière's The School for Wives

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Tony Award–winner Tonya Pinkins stars in the beloved comedy about gender dynamics.

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Free Virtual Performance + Q&A

The School For Wives

by Molière in the Park

Saturday, October 24 at 2 & 7pm ET

In English

Closed captioning in English & French

Livestream link will be sent via email on the day of the event

Molière in the Park and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), after the success of virtual productions of The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, co-present a radically inventive and refreshing take on the classic play, The School For Wives.

At its core, Molière’s biting 17th-century satire about a privileged and misguided man so intimidated by women that he grooms his own ward for marriage, is about gender power dynamics. In this contemporary retelling, Tony Award–winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline, or Change) stars as the patriarch Arnolphe, obsessed with keeping 17-year-old Agnès ignorant so that she will remain faithful to him.

Director Lucie Tiberghien examines this classic tale through the lens of an all-woman cast to shine a light on the ultimate absurdity of similar American systems of oppression. Like Agnès, no one's humanity can be snuffed out.

Performance: 90 minutes

Q&A: 20 minutes

Starring Tonya Pinkins​, Tony Award-winner for Jelly's Last Jam, writer-director of the upcoming socio-political horror film Red Pill, and host of the podcast You Can't Say That on

Co-starring Kaliswa Brewster, Cristina Pitter, Tamara Sevunts, and Corey Tazmania

Translated by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur

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Produced by Molière in the Park. Co-presented by FIAF in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

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