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Modernizing Molière:

A Talk with Adam Gopnik and Erica Schmidt

Presented on Thursday, March 24, 2022

In English

Acclaimed writer Adam Gopnik joins Broadway director Erica Schmidt in a conversation commemorating the 400th anniversary of French playwright Molière.

Adam Gopnik has written an introduction for a special edition of Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s works, brought together for the first time by the Library of America in a two-volume collector’s set. His writing highlights the ways in which Molière’s shrewd characterization of society endures to this day.

In her staging of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid and, more recently, an adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, Erica Schmidt brilliantly modernized these French classics for today’s audiences.

Through Gopnik’s insightful analysis and Schmidt’s imaginative staging, Molière’s work emerges in a new light with fresh relevance while retaining its biting wit and astute social commentary.

Presented in partnership with the Library of America, the talk uncovers Molière’s extraordinary literary and theatrical body of work that is celebrated throughout the world today.

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