Celebrate 400 years with Moliere

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Posted by Bob Evans

Summer Newsletter

Vol. IV, No. 2

Signature Dessert, Theater at the Chouteau Fountain, and Momo are all in store in this newsletter.

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Molière’s 400th Birthday Party Location Announced!

by Felicia Londré

KC MOlière: 400 in 2022‘s Board of Directors is proud to announce that the magnificent Kirkwood Hall in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the site for celebrating the 400th birthday of the world’s greatest writer of comedy.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, was born on 15 January 1622. During his 51 years, he wrote such immortal classics as Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and The Hypochondriac as well as plays with music by Lully for the dazzling court of Louis XIV.

Echoing the 17th century’s Baroque splendor, Kirkwood Hall’s high ceilings, twelve huge marble columns, and open space for entertainments and mingling are well suited for KC MOlière’s biggest free-to-the-public event, culminating three years of educational and artistic build-up.

As if that were not fabulous enough, the walls of Kirkwood are hung with a storytelling series of tapestries created in Belgium during the lifetime of Molière! The eight tapestries tell the story of the fall of Phaeton when he tried to drive his father Apollo’s (a.k.a. Helios) powerful chariot of the sun. Nothing could be more fitting for a gathering that honors the memory of Molière. Eclipsed by Lully at the end of his career, Molière actually fell out of favor with his patron Louis XIV, known as the Sun King.

On Saturday, 15 January 2022, from 2:00 to 4:30pm, the French- and 17th-century-inspired festivities will include an audience-participation demonstration of dance postures and gestures with proper use of the fan and the cane, conducted by Jennifer Martin. This is the perfect complement to a new dance homage to Molière created by the Owen/Cox Dance Group.  Cellist Trilla Ray-Carter, artistic director of Kansas City Baroque Consortium, joins the stellar line-up with live music from the period.

Master of ceremonies Jean-Charles Foyer, well known in Kansas City for his playful historical costume re-enactments, urges partygoers to don elements of 17th-century finery, either full dress or lace jabots for the men and plumes on the head for women. If you have a fan that snaps open and closed, bring it along so that Jennifer can show you how to use it in the 17th-century way for your flirtations.

KC MOlière: 400 in 2022′s signature entertainment — Kansas City celebrities in fields from local government to sports, presenting snippets from Molière’s wit — as enjoyed at Molière’s 398th and 399th birthdays, will again highlight the festivities. Museum director Julián Zugazagoitia, who utterly charmed us with his readings in French and English at the 399th birthday, will welcome our visiting French dignitaries.

Of course, there will be birthday cake for all. There will be a children’s corner and photo ops with Momo (see the related story in this newsletter). It’s a chance for Kansas City to escape a gray January day into the enchantment of the Sun King’s long-lingering glow.

Nathan Bowman to Direct
Tartuffenthrope!

by Margaret Shelby

Last month we interviewed playwright Philip blue owl Hooser about his commissioned new work Tartuffenthrope! for KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 and the François Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain unveiling scheduled for July 24th. 

On arrive!  (We’re almost there!)

This month we are thrilled to introduce Nathan Bowman, the director for Philip’s play. Nathan is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Kansas City Public Theatre, and holds his Ph.D in theatre from the University of Kansas. He has worked extensively with outdoor productions and brings a wealth of expertise to this project. We talked to him recently about his approach to Tartuffenthrope!, and his plans for the July 24th outdoor performance.

New work is always exciting, but what interests you most about this new play?

What I really enjoy is how well Phil can emulate the Molière style. His ability to write in couplets, his winking “asides” to the audience, and how his characters must actually perform Molière. All this opens the script up to a lot of physicality which I love. My initial instinct is to create as much of an actual Molière play as possible, I want it to feel like it is a Molière piece. I also want to maintain this balance that Phil strikes very well; anytime you write a play with white settlers talking about their culture with Native Americans you have to walk this line. Phil and myself are both Native American and so perhaps we are equipped to do this.

Speak to that. Not everyone knows you have Native heritage.

That’s right, I am Wyandotte. Phil is Choctaw. But I don’t want it to seem like the French are just here to teach the Natives “high culture” and how appreciative are we that the French came here and taught us these things. The point is there is something cross-cultural in the kinds of stories Molière tells. We never want it to seem we are saying one culture is superior or supplants the other one. And Phil does a really good job of doing that in his text, especially the character of Standing Bear. Standing Bear gets a lot to say and we get to hear Standing Bear’s perspective, so I think the script walks that balance and as I approach this with actors we want to make sure we maintain that balance. After all, encounters between Native Americans and French fur trappers were all contemporary to events with Molière. Not that the Chouteaus were contemporary to Molière, they were not, not by two centuries, but they would have certainly known something about Molière, even if they themselves did not attend theatre in Paris. And really, in all likelihood the historical Chouteau family and anybody living along the American river frontier wouldn’t have much access to actual French “high culture” anyway. But the Chouteaus started in St. Louis, which was obviously a French city, so it is quite possible they did have some knowledge of French theatre, we don’t really know. But we have decided to embrace the notion that they did.

Well, I’m kind of a history geek, so I love this stuff, but maybe not everyone does. Beyond the history of French/European settlements in this area, how is this play relevant to us? Why should we care? 


Yeah. One of the things Phil does really well with this play is to take a look at what you do when you encounter the “other”. Why a play like this is relevant right now is there is so much “othering” in society going on. “Those people are different from me, so they are my enemy” kind of thing. Not even necessarily across cultures, just within America we tend to other people on the other side of the political spectrum. So how you approach different cultures and how you approach “the other” is an ongoing question that I think we are specifically dealing with now. This play asks that question from an historical perspective that didn’t end so well for one of those sides. Obviously we know what happened to all of the Native American tribes of this country, and because of that it is really easy to take a very cynical approach when it comes to this idea of encountering the other. But one of the great things Phil does with this play is he takes the idea of encountering the other and just removes the cynicism from it. Like there can be a sincere exchange of culture and ideas. And the idea of being able to have that exchange with other people, I think we need to have more hope that that is possible without all the cynicism. And I think this play does that really well.

Yes, when I read it I felt everyone here is an honest broker. No one is trying to just turn the other into, what, cannon fodder?


Right, and knowing what happened to the tribes in the area, following the story with the perspective that we have hope things like that don’t happen again. The story shows things could have gone differently because we didn’t start out this way.

And using Molière is a unique lens to tell this story because this city does have a very French origin story which most people don’t know about. So using this French play to tell this story of first encounter, it’s very interesting. And Phil does it very well, and in rhyming couplets, no less. When I first started reading it I was surprised but then thought, ‘okay, yeah, here we go!’

And there is going to be a reading of it this week. Nicole Green is presenting it as her Sunday Script Circle offering this week, in collaboration with KC MOlière: 400 in 2022.


That’s going to be great, to get to hear it read.

How long a show is it? Will we see the entire piece?

If it is as fast paced as it reads – and I’d like it to be – I’d say about half an hour in length. Yes, we will do the entire piece at the Fountain unveiling.

The venue is outdoor which is something you are familiar with. What are you looking forward to and what are you dreading?


Well, the biggest outdoor production issue, at least in my experience, has always been sound. It’s inevitably very complicated. I drive past the site all the time and think ground area mics will work. That allows the actors the physicality I want without them worrying about body mics. Plus outdoor spaces always feel so much bigger than an indoor theatre.

But that lends itself to the period style of Molière, a much bigger, broader style of delivery so that will be fun. That is what I am looking forward to the most, working with the actors and keeping that balance with good, fast pacing. We will keep our costuming in the period style, too. Not elaborate, these are frontiers people, not courtiers, but still something that suggests the era.

KCParks and Rec are planning lots of additional activities during this event. They just announced the details; Native American dancers, period banjo and fiddle music, fur trapper re-enactors… it all promises to be exciting!

Find it here: https://kcparks.org/event/kcmo-bicentennial/

And that’s the challenging part about an outdoor venue. There’s always all the things you didn’t think about.

Kind of like it’s a new frontier.

Every time.

Molière to have his own pastry

by Becky Smith

In Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Monsieur Jourdain wants desperately to rise above his roots, to be seen as a man of refined and sophisticated taste. He would have raced to take part in the memorable Molière gathering on April 22 at André’s Confiserie Suisse.

René Bollier, president/owner/pastry chef at André’s, and David Weber of Messenger Coffee, hosted Doug Frost, master sommelier, Amanda Davidson, videographer, Felicia Londré and Rebecca Smith. The purpose was to refine the flavor balance in The Molière pastry and to find its perfect coffee and wine accompaniment. The big launch is scheduled for September 2021.

To very appreciative oohs and aahs, Mr. Bollier presented The Molière, a luscious mini bundt-shaped mound of almond and orange peel covered by Andre’s signature dark chocolate; these three ingredients were popular at the court of Louis XIV. Amidst the fully-exclaimed enjoyment of the cakes, ideas were discussed concerning the correct almond/orange mix for the ideal tart/sweet ratio, the best size of the cakes, the expected shelf life and desirable packaging.

Mr. Weber then took charge, having laid out 5 different Messenger coffee varieties for the participants to taste. Fresh grounds from Brazil, Guatemala, Columbian light, Columbian more intense, and Ethiopian dark and fruity shared the table.

The procedure David prepared is called “cupping”. As described in baristainstitute.com:

“This is how coffee is tasted by producers and buyers around the world to check the quality of a batch of coffee. In cupping, coffees are scored for aspects such as cleanness, sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel and aftertaste. Hot water is poured onto freshly roasted and ground beans directly into the cup and allowed to steep for 3–5 minutes. The infusion is then mixed and the foamy head removed.” Tasters then sip by spoons and compare the flavors. Varieties can be also combined to create the perfect flavor to accompany a specific dish or course (in this case, the “Molière”).

David stated his preference for a blend of predominantly Columbian light, mixed with Brazilian and no more than 25% Ethiopian to complement the flavors without calling too much attention to itself. Although there was general approval, a second tasting was agreed upon to confirm the precise combination.

Following the pastry and coffee tasting, the group was treated to a complete tour of Andre’s operation, which is impressive indeed (note: online tours are periodically available on the website). The restaurant/coffee shop known to the public is a charming, intimate space, but what backs it up are two floors of expert bakers and state-of-the-art equipment.

André’s is a family-owned business rooted in three generations of Swiss-trained confiseurs, handcrafting Swiss-style confections and more in Kansas City since 1955.

Master Konditor-ConfiseurAndré Bollier and his wife Elsbeth, immigrated to Kansas City in that year and opened André’s Confiserie Suisse. At that time, luxury hand-crafted chocolates could only be found in Europe. The couple worked to educate the Kansas City community about their confections – often through their involvement with the arts community.

André’s son Marcel and his wife Connie trained in Switzerland and then returned in 1974. They constructed a larger building and expanded chocolate production, promoting the product nationwide.

In 2002, after training in Switzerland, André’s daughter, Brigitte Gravino and her husband, Kevin, opened a second location, André’s Rivaz, in Overland Park, KS. The store is named after the region in Switzerland where some of the Bollier family had resided.

René, André’s grandson, apprenticed alongside his father and grandfather and after training in Switzerland with his wife Nancy, returned to André’s in 2002 to lead the business into its third generation. René and Nancy have clearly continued the tradition of supporting the arts in the community; René generously offered his contribution to KCMOlière.

It was a thrill for the group when his father, Marcel, joined the meeting for a short time.

André’s is recognized in “The Book of Bests” as ‘Best Domestic Boxed Chocolate’. The book states, “André’s chocolates are not for the timid. The flavors are strong and rich. Exceedingly fresh and tender, they are worthy of any Swiss Confiserie”.

Messenger’s story is making history, as well.

It began in 2013 when three small coffee companies with like-minded people joined together to develop Kansas City’s coffee culture. With an agreement to focus on equality throughout the coffee supply chain, high quality products and service, Messenger Coffee was established. For the first four years, relationships with coffee producers were consolidated and other coffee shops were served with fresh roasted coffee, consulting and barista training. Production moved from warehouse to warehouse in the suburbs while the perfect location was sought. In October of 2017, Messenger’s flagship roasting facility and cafe at 1624 Grand Boulevard in the heart of the city was founded. The quality of the coffee selections coupled with the beautifully designed shop within a historic building soon made Messenger’s a preferred location for area coffee drinkers.

Messenger recently announced the opening of their second and third locations on the Plaza.

And it is to be noted that Messenger, like Andre’s, is a solid supporter of arts organizations and events.

And, finally, there is Doug Frost, a familiar name to most Kansas Citians. Despite being one of the top sommeliers in the world, Doug is exquisitely giving with his time and expertise (even while developing his own winery product in Washington state).

Doug will be selecting/creating a wine option from Le Bourgeois Winery near Rocheport to pair with The Molière. There is no doubt that his choice will sing in clear harmony with the pastry. Of course, the group hopes a wine tasting exercise similar to the coffee one will be necessary.

Our appetites are beyond whetted. Working with these three local (but all of international status) masters is a dream come true for KCMOlière. And certainly for the public, which will be the ultimate beneficiary.

A mouthwatering The Molière with a perfectly paired cup of coffee and/or glass of wine – mais oui.

Georgiana Buchanan with her rendering of Momo 

Meet Molière a.k.a. Momo

by Felicia Londré

Momo will make his debut appearance at an educational event on 5 June and will turn up repeatedly over the summer and fall leading up to the big 400th birthday celebration. Sooner or later, you will want to be photographed with him.

Momo is the mascot-head Molière figure who will roam the grounds at the François Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain dedication on 24 July. His name draws on the postal code abbreviation for Missouri and the first letters of Molière’s name, as in KC MOlière.

It seems serendipitous that Momo is the nickname given to Molière in a 2018 book by Cécile Alix:  Molière vu par un ado (Poulpe Fictions, Paris), a 307-page appreciation written in the form of an illustrated diary by an adolescent girl using French teen-age slang.

Georgianna Buchanan volunteered her talent and labor to create Momo’s mascot head of closed-cell EVA foam, to which she adds a wig constructed with tubular horsehair. Having created numerous animal costumes for The Coterie over the years, Georgianna is well experienced at working with sculptural elements in costume.

Georgianna studied the many portraits of Molière as well as fashions of the period to design his clothes. Her design is based on middle-class fashions of the mid-17th century. Although Molière appeared frequently at the court of Louis XIV in the 1660s, he never adopted the excess laces and ribbons of the more pretentious courtiers.

We know from his portraits and his contemporaries’ descriptions that Molière had a darkish complexion, full lips, and usually a moustache that suited the comic roles he played. But it’s harder to decide on the color of his eyes, as the portraits are somewhat inconsistent.

“Our Momo is taking shape to be a welcoming personality at the many upcoming festivities,” notes Georgianna. “It has been delightful to create a period costume for such a jolly fellow.”

Momo was looking forward to interacting with his mascot-head counterpart Good Will on the grounds of Heart of America Shakespeare Festival this summer. We hope there will be another opportunity for them to get together. Meanwhile, he will be ready to join the ranks of Kansas City celebrities and greet you in person.

An Interview with Keith Nelson
by Becky Smith

It is a humbling experience to speak with a true leader. That experience was mine on an afternoon in late March when I had a conversation with Keith Nelson, with whom KC MOlière has had the privilege of collaborating in showcasing our city’s French history.  (It is of note that Mr. Nelson knew he was in the last months of his life and was on strong drug medication.)

Kansas City owes a considerable debt to Keith, who, for over half a century, has been a citizen of great influence and a real champion, particularly for the Northland.

Keith grew up in that area, the son of farmers. Working with machinery was part of his daily life. Describing himself as “not the best student”, he watched many of his peers go off to college while he went to a trade school instead. That led to his mastery of diesel mechanics and that to being hired by TWA at age 20. He worked for the airline for 40 years.

In those early years one of his co-workers was dating a young woman living on the Plaza. He introduced Keith to her roommate. Match.com couldn’t have done better – Keith and Dana have been married ever since. They’ve raised 2 sons, taken them on many travels, including trips to Germany and Portugal, and in these last years have been enjoying their 3 grandchildren.

As they started life together, the couple bought a small 900 square-foot home in the north of the city because it was convenient to Keith’s job with TWA.

At that time the area was underdeveloped and remote. It had been annexed by KC in 1950 but the city had done little to improve it. It had more land mass than areas south but was typically overlooked in civic projects. Its infrastructure was badly in need. As dedicated residents, Keith and Dana were determined to change that.

Keith is modest but his achievements have been anything but.

He points with pride to North Bennington Road as being one of those – specifically the stretch from Parvin Road to 48th. Until his efforts, it was a gravel roadway of “roller coaster hills”; there were no curbs or sidewalks and yet the children had to walk it to school. The stormwater system was a disaster.

Keith began a movement to upgrade it, pulling in several other organizers.  Collaboratively, they raised $4 million and were able to effectively transform the thoroughfare.

Hidden Valley Park is another success. The park, surrounded by low-income housing, offered very little to the community. Keith pushed for its redevelopment and it is now a shining star to residents. Divided into two sections, developed and wooded, it includes a finely equipped playground and groomed walking trails.

In these and other initiatives, Keith established a coalition of interested people and it is due to his efforts that the region is now ruled by Northland Neighborhood Inc., which represents 80-90 individual neighborhoods. 4-5 meetings each year are held at Indian High. Keith has served faithfully on the Executive Committee; his objective was always to “gain our share”.

So much of the Northland’s progress can be traced back to Keith. He has been instrumental in shaping its present and future. But he has always cherished its past, as well. He reveres the oldest part of the area – Vivion Road south to the Missouri River and the small WWII homes that populated it. In the last 10 years, he has wholeheartedly undertaken a project honoring the origins of Kansas City itself.

The mission has been to bring to light the fur trading post, set up by the Frenchman, Francois Chouteau, which represents the very beginning of our city. Keith wants to remind us that “until the flood of 1844, Kansas City was a French-speaking community.”

The Francois Chouteau and Native American Heritage Foundation memorial, situated along Chouteau Parkway at NE Parvin Road, will be a scenic, elaborate tribute. The first phase was celebrated last April with statues of Chouteau and two Osage Nation figures. The final execution will include cascading water into a pool, the sculpture of a Native American trapping a beaver, an interactive area with dugout canoe for kids and a model of the original trading post as an educational tool. Plans are to raise $2 million and complete the project in time for the Missouri Bicentennial this summer. Keith states, “we don’t do enough to celebrate our history”. After all, “this was the frontier”. For more information and to see a video of the projected final installation, go to chouteaufountain.org.

KC MOlière is honored to be presented as a collaborative partner at the Fountain Dedication scheduled for July 24, 2021.

Keith is, clearly, a civic hero but, if you ask him, his real passion has been for antique cars. He restored a 1932 Chevrolet in 1974 and has participated in several vintage auto shows, including one on the grass at the Kansas City Museum and World of Wheels, for which he won the Best Paint category (in an exchange of talents, Keith supplied wood for a friend’s Packard and the friend offered up his painting skills). He has even built a true full model of a 1934 gas station in back of his house (which he and Dana have expanded from its 900 to 3500 sq. ft over the years). He’s tried to instill in his sons and grandchildren his love of cars but with little success.

The motivations and skills they could inherit from Keith are many. He was a gifted mechanic, a respected union executive, a military man of two years, one spent in Vietnam. And, of course, a heralded community activist. The credits that fall under Keith’s name are numerous and grande and yet Keith says it was just “osmosis” that prompted him to get involved and get results. But Kansas City deeply acknowledges the force of change named Keith Nelson. Last summer he received a city proclamation in recognition of his achievements.
The statues may be of Chouteau and Native Americans, but Keith’s shadow looms large behind them.


Keith Nelson passed away on April 26, 2021. Click here for a link to his obituary.

Save the Date!

5 June 2021: reception for teachers to raise awareness of our educational resources and to announce Molière-related events for the fall. This gathering at Kansas City Young Audiences will also introduce and honor the 10 Kansas City artists who donated their talents to the Molière coloring book that will become available on that date.

Any day after 5 June! Buy Molière and France under the Sun King: A Coloring Book created by Kansas City Artists to Benefit KC MOlière: 400 in 202215 coloring pages created by 10 artists, with accompanying text, will transport you into the culture of 17th-century France. Copies may be purchased online from our website or from online retailers like Bookshop.org, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Only $9.99 plus shipping.

24 July 2021 11:00 am to 11:30 am: premiere performance of commissioned play Tartuffenthrope! by Philip blue owl Hooser, directed by Nathan Bowman, at the festive dedication of the François Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain in North Kansas City, adjacent to Greenway Park on the west side of Chouteau Trafficway. There will be a variety of entertainments and food trucks at the site from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

10 August 2021: Celebrate Missouri Statehood Day with Scoops Across Missouri, an ice cream social, in a park TBA.

13 August 2021: Kansas City Baroque Ensemble concert of composers who worked with Molière, both live/in-person seating and streaming, location TBA. KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 is co-sponsoring the post-performance reception.
Join the Alliance Française for French classes, before you partake of The Molière or seeing his plays.
Click here for more information.
Coming up for Fall 2021…

Wine and coffee pairings with The Molière and where to enjoy them or buy them to take home!

Updates with all the known Kansas City metro area Molière productions.

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Yale University Celebrates Molière’s Birthday with International Partners

Scroll to the bottom of the Home page on our website, and there you will find our partner logos to click on and be taken to their websites.

A recent addition to those connections is Molière2022 from Yale University. Their organizer, Professor Christophe Schuwey (photo below), contacted us and has installed a link to our website on their page!

The Yale University approach to honoring the memory of Molière throughout the year of his 400th birthday is a series of international academic colloquies. Among the eminent scholars on the organizing committee is Georges Forestier, author of the definitive biography Molière (Paris, 2018).

The first colloquy, 6-9 January 2022, will take place at the Sorbonne and at the Comédie-Française in Paris. Scholars will look at the working conditions of Molière’s troupe, including their productions of plays by authors other than Molière. A second tier of that conference will focus on critical approaches to his work over the centuries.

The second international conference is hosted by Yale and New York University, 14-16 April 2022, takes “Decentering Molière” as its theme. It will look at various contexts for understanding or re-appreciating Molière: 17th-century practices in publishing, other literary genres besides theatre, geographical and cultural influences from outside France, etc.

A conference in Turin, Italy, 6-7 May 2022 will look at “Molière’s Legacy: rewritings, translations and representations from the Great Century to the Contemporary Age.” Other links on the Molière2022 website show events in Belgium, Switzerland, and England.

Charmed by Pests

 
KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 is profoundly grateful to Kansas City Actors Theatre for its marvelously successful world-premiere reading of The Pests, a new verse translation by Felicia Londré of Molière‘s Les Fâcheux. KCAT offered the reading as a benefit for KC MOlière: 400 in 2022, and it brought donations totaling $575.

John Rensenhouse directed the stellar cast in the lively reading that reached as many as 200 viewers on YouTube and Zoom. Matt Schwader headed the cast as Eraste, the lovelorn Marquis who is tormented by a series of annoying types who get in the way of his rendez-vous with Orphise, played by Brianna Woods. Portraying the swarm of pests were Vi TranMatt WilliamsonR.H. WilhoitMeredith WolfeAshley PankowColeman CrenshawRobert Gibby BrandJosh GleesonChris RoadyWalter CoppageGreg Butrell and Trevor French.

Tartuffe Looking for a Home to Invade

 
In Molière’s play Tartuffe, the title character worms his way into a respectable home and almost takes it over along with all of the family’s possessions.
 
But this very special Tartuffe seeks a venue in which to delight all comers.

Landlocked Opera plans to stage Kirke Mechem‘s opera version of Tartuffe on 17 and 19 June 2022. The renowned composer Mechem is also a Kansas City native. Linda Ade Brand will direct. Landlock’s artist dircetor Jonathan Ray and board president Christina Casey welcome your suggestions for the right venue for this small opera. Also on their board is our beloved Fundraising Chair Don Dagenais.

KC MOlière: 400 in 2022 is a 100% run volunteer organization, and we could not have done this work without our volunteers and generous donors.
Thank you!
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