THE MISANTHROPE

Text – Molière in a version by Tony Harrison
Direction – Ivo van Hove

Production Design – Jan Versweyveld
Costume Design – Emilio Sosa
Sound Design – Raul Vincent Enriquez
Video Design – Tal Yarden
Dramaturg – Bart Van den Eynde

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Jason C. Brown
Bill Camp

Amelia Campbell
Joan MacIntosh
Alfredo Narciso
Thomas Jay Ryan
Jeanine Serralles

Company bios

Production photos

Facility address:
79 East 4th Street, located between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village.

Prices:
Single tickets, $65.00 each.
CheapTix Sundays, $20.00 (all tickets for all Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm; tickets must be purchased in person, in cash at the NYTW box office).
Student tickets, $20.00 (must be purchased in person with valid student ID at the NYTW box office).

A waiting list for any sold out performance will start two hours prior to curtain time. You must go to the Box Office in person in order to be placed on the waiting list.”


Jan Versweyveld, Ivo van Hove and Elizabeth Marvel with Anne Bogart (not shown)

In April 2007 Director Ivo van Hove and Production Designer Jan Versweyveld sat down with Director Ann Bogart at a New York Theatre Workshop Repeat Defenders Fireside Chat to talk about their collaboration and The Misanthrope.
Listen to selections from the evening
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Ivo van Hove
Thoughts on Moliere’s The Misanthrope

Public Programs

Traditions and Innovations in the Staging of Molière
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm

A panel discussion exploring traditions and innovations in the staging of Molière featured production dramaturg Bart Van den Eynde and two members of the NYU French faculty: Dr. Judith Miller, Department Chair and specialist in French and Francophone theatre, and Dr. Benoît Bolduc, specialist in 17th century French history and performance. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Ted Ziter of the Tisch Drama faculty at NYU.

 

 



Description:
Iconoclastic director Ivo van Hove stunned NYTW audiences with his critically acclaimed 2004 production of Hedda Gabler. This season van Hove returns to NYTW - his American home - with a world premiere production of The Misanthrope, Molière's classic comedy about the absurdities of social conventions and pretensions. As with Hedda Gabler, van Hove will revitalize The Misanthrope with a fresh, modern perspective - viewing Molière's text through the lens of our society in which the traditional social fabric has frayed and virtual relationships can be deleted with the simple push of a button.

“Van Hove has made his reputation with revivals that run 180 degrees away from your average, typical interpretation of classic text.” – Variety.

Dates:
First preview, Friday, September 14; opening night, Monday, September 24;
final performance, Sunday, November 11.

Performance schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm;
Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Opening night, September 24, 7:00

Exceptions:
Saturday, September 15, no 3:00pm performance
Sunday, September 16, at 2:00pm
Tuesday, September 25, no performance
Wednesday October 3 is a 7:00pm performance
Wednesday, October 17 is a 7:00pm performance
Saturday, October 27, no 3:00pm performance

Audience discussions:
Thursday, September 20 , post-performance (with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld) rescheduled from Tuesday, September 18

Wednesday, October 3, post-performance (with members of the cast)
Tuesday, October 9, post-performance (with members of the cast)
Wednesday, October 17 (with the production team)

Public programs:
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at New York Theatre Workshop
Panel discussion exploring traditions and innovations in the production of Molière featuring two members of the NYU French faculty: Dr. Judith Miller, Department Chair and specialist in French and Francophone theatre, and Dr. Benoît Bolduc, specialist in 17th century French history and performance.

Tickets for NYTW members and students (with valid I.D) are free. Tickets for the general public are $10. To purchase tickets, please visit the New York Theatre Workshop Box Office at 79 East 4th Street (Tues. – Sat., 1pm – 6pm).

Running time:
1 hour and 50 minutes without an intermission

About the artists:
IVO VAN HOVE
Ivo van Hove began his career as a theatre director in 1981 directing his own texts. He served successively as artistic director of AKT, Akt-Vertikaal and De Tijd. From 1990 to 2000 he directed Zuidelijk Toneel. Since 2001 van Hove has been general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Productions by van Hove have appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Biennale in Venice, the Holland Festival and in cities such as Lisbon, Paris, Verona, Hanover, Porto and Rome. He has directed Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Staatstheater Stuttgart and New York Theatre Workshop ensembles; he directed the television drama “Thuisfront” for NPS and staged operas at The Flemish Opera in Antwerp and De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. He directed the musical Rent for Joop van den Ende.
From 1997 to 2004, van Hove directed the annual Holland Festival at which he presented his selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance. Since 1984 he has been attached to Antwerp Conservatorium, where he is involved in the artistic policy and teaching.
In 2006/07, van Hove directed a trilogy consisting of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Anthony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, and the entire Der Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner with The Flemish Opera.
Past productions with New York Theatre Workshop include Hedda Gabler (2004), Alice in Bed (2001), A Streetcar Named Desire (1999), and More Stately Mansions (1997).

TONY HARRISON
Tony Harrison is Britain's leading film and theatre poet. He has written for the National Theatre in London, the New York Metropolitan Opera and for the BBC and Channel 4 television.
He became the first Northern Arts Literary Fellow (1967-8), a post that he held again in 1976-7, and he was resident dramatist at the National Theatre (1977-8). His work there included adaptations of Molière's The Misanthrope and Racine's Phaedra Britannica.
His adaptation of the English Medieval Mystery Plays cycle was first performed at the National Theatre in 1985. Many of his plays have been staged away from conventional auditoria: The Trackers of Oxyrhyncus was premièred at the ancient stadium at Delphi in 1988; Poetry or Bust was first performed at Salts Mill, Saltaire in Yorkshire in 1993; The Kaisers of Carnuntum premiered at the ancient Roman amphitheatre at Carnuntum in Austria; and The Labours of Herakles was performed on the site of the new theatre at Delphi in Greece in 1995. His translation of Victor Hugo's The Prince's Play was performed at the National Theatre in 1996.
In 1995 he was commissioned by The Guardian newspaper to visit Bosnia and write poems about the war. His most recent collection of poetry is Under the Clock (2005). His Collected Poems, and Collected Film Poetry, were published in 2007.


 

 

 

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