Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Director
Communications & Community Relations
College of Marin Drama Department Presents Molière’s Tartuffe
KENTFIELD, Calif.—Sept. 4 , 2009—The College of Marin Drama Department will open the 2009/2010 theatrical season with a production of Molière’s great comedy classic, Tartuffe. Tartuffe will be presented in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Kentfield Campus Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.. The show will be directed by W. Allen Taylor, who directed last season’s outstanding production of Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
A scathing social satire, Tartuffe tells the story of the fraud and pious imposter Tartuffe, who insinuates himself into the home of the wealthy but not too bright Orgon, and almost succeeds in marrying Orgon’s daughter, seducing his wife and stealing the deed to the family home. This French masterpiece is one of Molière’s most popular and controversial plays. The Richard Wilbur translation into English verse is nothing short of a rapid fire rhyming tour de force. Though the play may be from another era, the wit, humor, and biting satire are certainly just as relevant in the 21st century.
Molière is one of the giants of French theatrical literature. He abandoned his considerable education in philosophy and law for the theatre where he worked extensively as an actor before he eventually began to write plays. His skill as a playwright is what brought him to the attention of the Sun King, Louis XIV, who was so impressed with his work that he gave him the use of a prominent theatre in Paris. In its day, Tartuffe was considered so scandalous that the King banned it from public performance. The ban continued for five years and several revisions before the King managed to mollify the clergy, at which time it was once again performed publicly to great success - a success that has continued to the present. Ever the philosopher, Molière stated, “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.” Molière died onstage in 1673 while performing the title role in The Imaginary Invalid, another of his great comedies.
Tickets for Tartuffe are $15 general admission; and $10 for students, seniors, and College of Marin employees and alumni. To reserve tickets by phone, please call the Box Office at 415-485-9385 after Tuesday, Sept. 22, when the Box Office re-opens for the season. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour before performance on Saturdays and Sundays. VISA and MasterCard are accepted and group rates are available for groups of ten or more.