The Miser is Moliere’s darkest comedy: a grim fable for our times containing some of the most absurd and delightful classical, comedic dialogue ever written. The play is a harsh indictment wrapped in pastel-colored candy coating. Written in 1668 at the beginning of the market economy, The Miser sits almost too easily in 2014, when movements the world over are forecasting capitalism’s collapse. This Brooklyn production will invite audiences into the opulent and overwhelming Grand Prospect Hall in South Park Slope for a truly unique evening.
January 6–21, 2015
Grand Prospect Hall
CRUEL AND TENDER
Martin Crimp’s masterful adaptation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis resonates with contemporary relevance. A wife awaits the return of her high-ranking warrior husband who was either war hero – or war criminal. Themes of loyalty and paranoia in politics and family are viewed through the lens of modern day war. In Crimp’s take, the Greek chorus is transformed to a modern day trio of housekeeper, trainer and beautician, tasked with cleaning up the tragic mess. Featuring a cast of 11, Crimp’s work explores how terror can be both manufactured and suppressed, highlighting the media’s influence over our perceptions in a world where anything is apparently justified in the cause of defeating terrorism.
NEW WORKS is a play initiative designed to help the company deepen its commitment to artists in our borough. Throughout the year, a staged reading series will showcase four Brooklyn writers’ work presented in diverse, environmentally-specific locations throughout Brooklyn.
These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Brooklyn Community Foundation and many generous supporters.