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The Misanthrope at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park

The Misanthrope at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park

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LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn

171 East Drive

Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Join us our first full-scale production of Molière's THE MISANTHROPE, starring Tony Winner Gabriel Ebert!

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Alceste is full of rightful disdain for the hypocrisy and social norms of his contemporaries. Ironically, he is madly in love with the queen of social butterflies, Célimène, a radiant seductress who deftly navigates the incessant chatter of her friend network in her endless quest for independence.

When Alceste suddenly decides that Célimène MUST choose between him and her frivolous world, well, in true Molière comedic style, the clash and its aftermaths are like nothing he could have predicted.

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Directed by: Lucie Tiberghien

Translated by: Richard Wilbur

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

Cast:

Maechi Aharanwa, Janie Brookshire, Chris Henry Coffey, Gabriel Ebert, Danaya Esperanza, Margaret Ivey, Nate Miller, Kate Siahaan Rigg, Aline Salloum.

In English. Running Time 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.

Please be advised Molière in the Park will be following all NYC COVID mandates for outdoor events.

A note from Director Lucie Tiberghien:

What is THE MISANTHROPE?​

What is The Misanthrope? Is it a play about a commendable, honest man, Alceste, who heroically sacrifices everything to denounce the lies of his peers and loved ones? Or is it about a reprehensible extremist, a madman, who would rather destroy everything in his path and abandon everyone, including the woman he loves, rather than compromise even just a little?

Molière never tells us where he stands, and therein lies the beauty and humor of this rich and opaque portrait of eight aristocrats in 1666. Except that in our diverse production, 400 years after Molière was born, the time is now. These characters’ personal relationship to the truth, freedom, gender, race and ultimately love, will be experienced through today’s lens. And since theater IS after all, first and foremost an opportunity for communal reflection, complex and essential questions will be raised.

No matter what side of the great divide we are on, how do we love or simply exercise our freedoms, in the face of such unfathomable hypocrisy and, most importantly, the weight of this country's history?

About Molière in the Park

Founded by Lucie Tiberghien and co-founded by Garth Belcon, Molière in the Park is the first and only non-profit in Brooklyn solely dedicated to bringing free and inclusive theater of the highest quality to the people of the borough annually, at The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. We are driven by the conviction that neighborhoods with easy, regular and affordable access to theater are breeding grounds for thriving individuals, families and communities. We believe theater promotes health and hope. It encourages communal reflection and fosters empathy as a core value. It is one of the cornerstones of a well-functioning society.

From our inception, we have been committed to inclusive casting and multicultural artistic collaborations. Our work aims to reflect and represent Brooklyn’s diverse population.

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