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Molière’s Tartuffe, translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Mario Cabrera, opens May 31 at the Adobe Theater.

This version of Molière’s classic comedy, set in 1869 against the backdrop of the post-Civil War South, tells the tale of Orgon, a man of means and property, being duped by the rascally con man Tartuffe. Tartuffe, a carpetbagger from the North, ingratiates himself to Orgon using false piety and humbleness, while plotting the seduction of the patriarch’s wife and marriage to his daughter so he can steal their money and land. 

Blind to this treachery, Orgon accepts Tartuffe into his home and seems only too happy to ignore the protests and concerns of his family for the sake of his friendship with Tartuffe. Comic hilarity ensues as Orgon and other members of the family try in vain to expose Tartuffe, only to see their strategies misfire. 

Director Mario Cabrera says of the play: “Tartuffe is a delightful play from France’s Golden Age. Not only is Tartuffe one of Moliere’s most engaging and famous classics, it deals with family troubles, struggles between the generations, thwarted young love, reasonable folks who are ignored, pompous fools who cause great trouble, and a truly evil villain, the hypocrite, Tartuffe.” 

Tartuffe features: Rod Harrison as (Tartuffe), Timothy Kupjack (Orgon), Angela Littleton (Dorine), Fawn Hanson (Elmire), Ruben Muller (Cleante), Alaina Warren Zachary (Mme. Pernelle), Caleb Ramsell (Damis), Symone Platania (Marianne), Colin Stapleton (Valere) and Robert Baca (Loyal/Officer).  

Will Orgon finally see Tartuffe for what he is? Will Tartuffe succeed in swindling the family of their home and fortune?  

Tartuffe opens on May 31and runs through June 23 at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings performances start at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders) and PWYW Thursday, June 20, at 7:30pm. Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15! 

 

 

PHOTO BY DAN WARE.