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Tartuffe

By Molière

Translated by Ranjit Bolt

Hilarity ensues when a ludicrously suggestible patron falls for a pious con-man in this famous farce about religious hypocrisy.

Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre

October 8 - 11 and 15 0 18, 2009


Overview

The Story: Under the religious cloak of piety, Tartuffe befriends Orgon, a rich man who is swept away by Tartuffe’s charisma and his message of the uncomplicated holy life. While his family and friends easily recognize Tartuffe as a con man, the more they protest, the more Orgon stubbornly embraces the charlatan — giving him money, the deed to the house, and even his daughter’s hand in marriage. Exasperated by Orgon’s folly and lack of discernment, his family tries various schemes to expose Tartuffe’s hypocrisy. Will they succeed in ridding the house of the scoundrel or will Tartuffe’s masquerade prevail?


Artistic Significance: English playwright Ranjit Bolt is one of the foremost contemporary translators of Molière’s work, having rendered eight of the French playwright’s works to wide acclaim. His translation of Tartuffe retains Molière’s spirit and rhyming couplets while injecting an immediacy that makes this 346 year-old satire amazingly relevant. The Ashland Daily Times called this version for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, “sparkling and sprightly.” Priscilla Lindsay, who directed the Department’s enchanting You Never Can Tell in March 2008, returns to direct this delightful romp. Rich with biting wit and spiraling absurdity, Tartuffe pokes outrageous fun at religious hypocrisy and human foibles.

 

Cast

Mme. Pernelle Erin Cousins

Flipote/Ensemble Scott Sitman

Elmire Jaime Lyn Beatty

Dorine Bonnie Gruesen

Damis Tom Wolfson

Mariane Arielle Goldman

Cleante Corey Dorris

Orgon Joey Richter

Valere Jordan Rochelson

Tartuffe Mckean Scheu

Laurent/Ensemble Jesse Peri

M. Loyal Nicholas J. Strauss-Matathia

Officer of the Court John Samela

Ensemble Reed Campbell

 

tartuffe

Mckean Scheu as Tartuffe


Artistic Staff

Director Priscilla Lindsay
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Elizabeth Lynch
Wig Designer Dawn Rivard
Stage Manager

Daniel Silverman


Resources

Interview with director Priscilla Lindsay

i-tunesListen to music from the show on i-Tunes


Photos

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Program

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Photography Credits:

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Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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