Oct. 26, 2010 - Get ready to laugh, cringe, and laugh some more. The CSUB theatre program is presenting "Tartuffe," a comedy by French playwright Moliere Nov. 4-7.
With broad comedy and sharp wit, "Tartuffe" tells the story of how one man's blind obsession nearly leads a family into ruin. The title character is a hypocrite who never lies; it is his candor that so deftly deceives.
"I love directing 'Tartuffe' because the play is hilarious, the language is rich and the characters are a delight to spend time with," said CSUB theatre instructor Zoe Saba. "Our student actors are talented and hardworking and really bring this story to life."
The cast features several theatre majors who have been nominated for awards by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, as well as some talented new students in the theatre program. Professional choreographer Jason Sumabat was brought in from San Diego to work with the cast on a curtain call dance and period style movement. (The play is set in the mid-17th century, during the reign of King Louis XIV).
The plot involves Orgon, a wealthy family man, who is impressed by the devout Tartuffe and invites him to stay in his home. The audience quickly learns Tartuffe is more interested in seducing Orgon's wife than staying true to his pious image. As with many words and phrases that live on from the masterful playwright's comedies, the word "tartuffe" in French has come to mean hypocrite.
The CSUB theatre program presents "Tartuffe" at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at CSUB's Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Admission is $10 general, $8 seniors/faculty/staff, and $5 students with ID. Parking is free in lots B, C and D. The box office opens one hour prior to each performance; only cash and checks are accepted. For reservations, call the box office at 661-654-3150.
For more information:For reservations, call the box office at 661-654-3150. Theatre instructor Zoe Saba can be reached at 661-654-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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