– Molière in a version by Tony Harrison
Direction – Ivo van Hove
Design – Jan Versweyveld
Costume Design – Emilio Sosa
Sound Design – Raul Vincent Enriquez
Video Design – Tal Yarden
Dramaturg – Bart Van den Eynde
(in alphabetical order):
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Jason C. Brown
Thomas Jay Ryan
79 East 4th Street, located between Bowery and Second Avenue in
the East Village.
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).
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.
Ivo van Hove
Moliere’s The Misanthrope
Traditions and Innovations in the Staging of Molière
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm
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.
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.
Hove has made his reputation with revivals that run 180 degrees away
from your average, typical interpretation of classic text.” –
First preview, Friday, September 14; opening night, Monday, September
final performance, Sunday, November 11.
Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 3:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Opening night, September 24, 7:00
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
Thursday, September 20 , post-performance (with Ivo van Hove and Jan
Versweyveld) rescheduled from Tuesday,
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)
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.
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).
1 hour and 50 minutes without an intermission
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
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 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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