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Valley Shakespeare Company to Present Moliere’s Classic Comedy Tartuffe.
Performances will be Free to Public
Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will present Moliere’s hysterical comedy Tartuffe free to the public, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of WOU at the end of July.
The story revolves around the devious Tartuffe, who charms his way into Orgon’s household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family’s fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe’s behavior — will he see through this con man before it’s too late? Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy in this hilarious and biting satire, one of the world’s great plays.
Director David Janoviak will produce this comical tale about religious hypocrisy in the period the play was written, the Mid-18th Century, complete with flowing wigs, snuff boxes, puffy sleeves and corsets. Additionally, the play will be cast with a combination of student, community and professional actors.
The show will feature three guest professionals: costumes designer Laurel Peterson, who also designed costumes for VSCs critically acclaimed Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016; guest professional actor Stephen Price in the part of Orgon, the duped patriarch; and VSC resident guest artist Ted deChatelet, in the title character.
Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will perform Tartuffe Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 26, 27, 28, 29 & Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 2, 3, 4 on the Leinwand outdoor stage outside of Rice Auditorium on the campus of Western Oregon University. The show will feature lawn seating, so audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. All performances will begin at 8:00PM and are free to the public. The running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. The show is appropriate for all ages.
For more information, please contact David Janoviak (Director):
Chair—Division of Creative Arts
Western Oregon University
The running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. The show is appropriate for all ages. The Friday performances will be interpreted.