Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

October 15, 2020

Preview: Theatre for a New Audience, Moliére's The School for Wives

Live streaming Oct 24th at 2pm EDT and 7pm EDT, in English
Closed captioning in English & French
Performances will be followed by a Q&A.

Molière in the Park and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), after the success of virtual productions of The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, co-present, in partnership with Theatre for a New Audience, 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, 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.

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

Performance: 90 minutes, Q&A: 20 minutes

FREE and open to all. RSVP required to receive viewing links.


Links will be emailed from Molière in the Park and French Institute Alliance Française on the day of the event.