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Tartuffe: Opens June 15, 2012

Tartuffe

by Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere

(translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur)

Directed by Rhonda Goldstein
Jun. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, Jul. 1 2012
Tickets: $16 Online / $20 at Door / Thurs 2-for-$25

Michael Schwartz at STAGE Magazine online:
"...director Rhonda Goldstein has mounted a production that is funny. Screamingly funny. ...TARTUFFE has been a comic gift to audiences for over 340 years, and this production re-gifts Moliere in high style."

Hugh Hunter at Chestnut Hill Local writes:
"... an enduring masterpiece of comedy. ... funny and thoughtful ... eye-catching costumes ... If you already know the play, the elegant and respectful Stagecrafters production will only make you like it more."

Kaitlyn Foti at Chestnut Hill Patch says:
"... a 17th century family [is put] through the wringer, with laugh-out-loud results. ... as truth wins out in the end of the play, so does the charm of the characters, and the actors playing them. ... 'Tartuffe' is worth the effort."



Penned in 1664 by French actor and playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (called ‘Molière’), Tartuffe has become one of the most frequently performed stage plays of all time. It is the immortal tale of a crafty hypocrite who feigns honesty, human compassion, and piety, but in reality takes advantage of his naïve and gullible benefactor in a calculating and ruthless manner. This delicious, sharp-witted, and insightful comedy/farce has been delighting audiences for more than three centuries!

Molière, born in 1622, was definitely influenced by the farcical style of the Italian commedia dell’arte, in the usage of social satire and lots of broad physicality. However, his plays represent a far more accomplished structure, and characters of infinitely greater depth and variety, than their Italian predecessors. He gained great popularity already during his lifetime, enthralling Parisian audiences with such ‘hits’ as The School for Wives, The Miser, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and The Bourgeois Gentleman. The first performances of Tartuffe, though well received by attendees, met with controversy due to its mockery of religiosity; and King Louis XIV was compelled to ban further performances following the strong objections of the Roman Catholic Church. Molière wrote a second version of the play in 1667, The Hypocrite (L’Imposteur), which still failed to appease his detractors. But, as scandal makes for good box office, all of Paris could hardly wait to see his play; and in 1669, upon approval of a reading by the papal legate, the King finally allowed it to be published and performed.

Tartuffe is written in dashingly rhymed couplets, perfectly rendered into English verse by Richard Wilbur.

Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held immediately following the performance on Friday, June 22. All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay.

THE CAST

TARTUFFE

Christian Lepore

ORGON

Richard Geller

ELMIRE

Pierlisa Chiodo-Steo

CLEANTE

Brian Weiser

DAMIS

Kyle Paul Dandridge

MARIANE

Jane Schumacher

VALERE

Jim Broyles

MME PERNELLE

Susan Mattson

DORINE

Kathleen Mulhearn

MONSIEUR LOYAL

Chris Sarnowski

A POLICE OFFICER

Ira Block

FLIPOTE

Claire Adams