The Fisher Center at Bard has announced the full cast for its gender reframed adaptation of Molière’s 1665 tragicomedy Dom Juan, conceived and directed by Ashley Tata, with a new translation from NYU Professor of French Literature and theatre scholar Sylvaine Guyot, and Fisher Center Artistic Director Gideon Lester.
The production reimagines both the titular libertine (to be played by Amelia Workman) and Sganarelle (played by Zuzanna Szadkowski), Dom Juan’s assistant and sidekick, as women. Commissioned as the opening production of Bard SummerScape 2022, in tandem with Molière’s 400th anniversary, the world premiere of Dom Juan will run June 23-July 17.
Dom Juan’s cast will also include Jordan Bellow as Elver, Roger Casey as Pierrot/Alonso, Kirsten Harvey as Carla/Charlotte, Pauli Pontrelli as Gusman/Matty, Alok Tewari as Louis, and Tony Torn as A Poor Man/Mr. Sunday. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.
The production will also include original music by Paul Pinto, choreography by Dan Safer, scenic design by Afsoon Pajoufar, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting design by Cha See, sound design by Chad Raines, video design by Lisa Renkel, hair and makeup design by Fre Howard of Faces by Fre, and intimacy and fight direction by Cha Ramos. The production is cast by Taylor Williams.
“Our production is an invitation to collectively imagine a world where the 17th century France of Louis XIV and Molière overlaps with society right after the passing of Roe V," says Tata. "Wade and at the beginning of a period that will give rise to what I’ve come to think of as The Trump Baroque. Our dynamic duo are two women who live in a patriarchal society where strides towards equality have been made and on paper a woman or non-binary person have the same rights and opportunities as a cis-man—but we have a long way to go, baby. Class is the determining factor of one’s opportunities.”
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