Translated by Richard Wilbur
(l to r) Heather Siobhan Curran, Anna Olivia Moore, and Laura Heidinger in The Gallery Players production of The Learned Ladies. Photo by Neal Freeman.
Producer: Angela Delaney
Director: Neal Freeman
Set Design: Hannah Shafran
Lighting Design: Nik Anderson
Costume Design: Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara
Production Stage Manager: Elena Kopaleichvili
March 31 – April 15, 2007
Chrysale – Patrick Toon *
Philaminte – Heather Curran
Henriette – Alisha Spielmann
Armande – Anna Moore *
Ariste – Fred Heringes *
Belise – Laura Heidinger
Clitandre – Marc Halsey
Trissotin – Nat Cassidy *
Vadius/Notary – Stephen McFarland
Martine – Candice Goodman
Lepine/Julien/Letters – Joshua Key-Maginnis
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
Continuing its tradition of presenting lively productions of classic plays, The Gallery Players, Brooklynâ€™s premiere Off-Off Broadway theatre, is proud to present The Learned Ladies, by MoliÃ¨re, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur, from March 31-April 15, 2007. Neal Freeman, of last seasonâ€™s The Laramie Project and As You Like It, directs.
MoliÃ¨re spent his career poking fun at anyone he felt had it coming including Doctors, Lawyers, and the Clergy. The playwright believed that no one should be exempt from satire. In this 1672 play, MoliÃ¨re takes aim at the intellectual and artistic pretentiousness of Parisian salon society. The play centers around a group of women intent on improving their social standing through intellectual achievement. So proud are these women of their quest for knowledge, however, that they neglect to realize that they aren’t actually gaining any. Eccentric characters, hilarious dialogue and fast-paced action make this one of MoliÃ¨reâ€™s comic masterpieces.
Heather Siobhan Curran and Nat Cassidy in The Gallery Players production of The Learned Ladies. Photo by Neal Freeman.
Located in Park Slope, but beloved on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Gallery Players have been called â€œlocal heroesâ€ by Time Out New York and past productions have earned the praise of respected theater artists such as Terrence McNally, Rupert Holmes, James Rado, AndrÃ© De Shields, Annie Golden, Lorraine Serabian, and others. An Equity Showcase House celebrating its 40th season, The Gallery Playersâ€™ exciting productions and nurturing atmosphere have attracted the best actors, directors, designers, and musicians in New York. Among the well-known alumni of The Gallery Players are Harvey Fierstein (Fiddler On the Roof, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Diedre Goodwin (A Chorus Line, Chicago), Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill), John Rando (director of Broadwayâ€™s Urinetown and The Wedding Singer), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Fred Rose (Company), and many other artists.
Further information can be found at www.galleryplayers.com or by calling (212) 352-3101. Performances take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM.
The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F Train to 4th Avenue or the R Train to 9th Street. By car, take the BQE to Hamilton Avenue, and Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.
(l to r) Heather Siobhan Curran, Nat Cassidy, Anna Olivia Moore, and Stephen McFarland in The Gallery Players production of The Learned Ladies. Photo by Neal Freeman.