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Enough with the Shakespeare? 8 Playwrights You Ought to Know About

Friday, April 04, 2014

It’s curious to note how few plays are ever performed that date between Shakespeare’s death and 1879, when Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered. Is there some alternative canon of classic plays American theaters ought to be presenting? The Elizabethan theater was full of ...

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You Too, Brutus, a Woman?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a violent cautionary tale about the abuse of power. Moliere’s The Learned Ladies is a genial satire about social and intellectual pretension. As WNYC’s Sarah Montague reports, each is being interpreted this season in an unusual way: with all women casts.


The Greene Space

Molière: Comic Genius

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"Laughter, the Best Medicine," counsels Reader's Digest in its long-running feature. The 17th-century French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin — known to the world as Molière — would agree (although he would probably have mocked the source.)

Join us for a month-long celebration of Molière, whose scathing comic dramas are as hilarious and true as ever. Each Monday in June, an ensemble of New York actors will perform his works as radio dramas: The Bungler, Lover's Quarrels, The School for Husbands, The Imaginary Cuckold and The Misanthrope. At each event, a distinguished guest speaker will help us see how Molière's robust work and his enduring themes still manage to resonate after four centuries: the complexities of human relationships, the hypocrisy inherent in the attainment of political power, the absurdities that come with rising social status.

This fawning age has praise for everyone,
And all distinctions, Madam, are undone.
All things have equal honor nowadays,
And no one should be gratified by praise.
To be admired, one only need exist,
And every lackey’s on the honors list.
— The Misanthrope

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