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Raul Esparza & Samira Wiley star in Molière in the Park live stream of Tartuffe
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:20 pm EDT 06/10/20

MOLIÈRE IN THE PARK TO PRESENT LIVE STREAM PRESENTATION OF MOLIÈRE’S TARTUFFE,
STARRING RAÚL E. ESPARZA & SAMIRA WILEY,
DIRECTED BY MIP’S FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR LUCIE TIBERGHIEN

STREAMS LIVE JUNE 27 AT 2PM EST & 7PM EST,
REPLAYS AVAILABLE THROUGH JULY 1, 2PM EST

Brooklyn, NY – Molière in the Park, co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, is proud to present a live stream presentation of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s TARTUFFE, directed by Molière in the Park’s Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien.

The cast includes four-time Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Raúl E. Esparza (Seared at MCC, Company on Broadway), Emmy and SAG Award winner Samira Wiley (Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”), Kaliswa Brewster (Showtime’s “Billions,” Intelligence at NYTW), Naomi Lorrain (Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Behind the Sheet at EST), Jared McNeill (Battlefield at BAM, The Valley of Astonishment at Theatre for a New Audience), Jennifer Mudge (The Irishman, Into the Woods at Roundabout - Lucille Lortel Award nominee), Rosemary Prinz (Tribute on Broadway, CBS’s “As the World Turns”) and Carter Redwood (When January Feels Like Summer at EST, Gertrude Stein Saints at Abrons).

Molière in the Park’s Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien and Co-Founding Producer Garth Belcon state, “We are disturbed and appalled by the corrosive and dangerously divisive nature of religious double standards and 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.”

The production team includes Garth Belcon - MIP Co-Founding Producer, Kris Stone - Production Design, Andrew Carluccio - Video Programmer & Technology Consultant (MIP’s The Misanthrope, TFANA/Bard Fisher Center’s Mad Forest), Paul Pinto - Sound Designer/Composer (TFANA/Bard Fisher Center’s Mad Forest, thingNY’s SubtracTTTTTTTTT), Emily Rawson & Jonathan Kokotajlo - Animation, John Freeman/Century Tree - Visual Director, Thyra Hartshorn - Production Manager and Celine Ariniello - Communications & Marketing Associate.

Tartuffe: a dubiously pious crook, happy to use the bible as a prop for personal gain.
Oronte: 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 streams live on Saturday, June 27 at 2pm EST and 7pm EST. A recording of the stream will be available on MIP’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/moliereinthepark) through Wednesday, July 1, 2pm EST. Running time is approximately 90 minutes. Viewing is free. Reserve at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/molieres-tartuffe-registration-108729177898. For more info visit https://www.moliereinthepark.org/tartuffe-online.

To appeal to their French speaking audience, hearing-impaired audience and language learners, MIP is offering the option to choose closed captions in French or in English. Please note, closed captioning is only available for the two live performances, not the recorded rebroadcasts.

Immediately following the two live performances Molière in the Park will be hosting a live Q&A with team members. Attendees can submit questions directly through YouTube, on Twitter, via Facebook Messenger, or via Instagram direct messages during the event or immediately after.

Molière in the Park (MIP) was created in the fall of 2018 and is dedicated to bringing yearly, free, inclusive productions of Molière’s masterpieces to The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. Molière is considered one of the world’s greatest French satirists and they aim to make his work a vital part of Brooklyn’s diverse cultural landscape. Every year they will produce one of his comedies translated into English and bring our community together, free of charge, to experience subversive and timeless theater under the stars.

For more info visit https://www.MoliereInThePark.org, like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoliereInThePark, follow on Twitter at @MoliereBKPark (https://twitter.com/MoliereBKPark) and on Instagram at @moliereinthepark (https://www.instagram.com/moliereinthepark). View a 3-minute video about MIP at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPxgBRhpeRM.

A Franco-American Brooklynite, Lucie Tiberghien was raised in France and Switzerland and moved to New York in 1995. Specializing in the development of new plays, Lucie has directed world premieres at Second Stage, MCC, The Cherry Lane Theater, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Rattlestick Theater Company, MaYi Theater Company, The Humana Festival, Labyrinth Theater Company, Pan Asian Rep, New York Theater Workshop Next Door, and Arena Stage. She has developed new plays at Playpenn, Sundance, Ojai, The O'Neill, MTC, The Roundabout, Primary Stages, among others. In the fall of 2018, she founded Molière in the Park to act on her desire to democratize access to theater and bring free productions to Brooklyn on a regular basis.

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premier French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
Link https://www.moliereinthepark.org/tartuffe-online
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