Willamette University Theatre Presents: "Tartuffe"

Willamette University Theatre will perform its final production of this season, Tartuffe, by Molire, directed by guest artist Leslie Brott.

The production will open Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. with a preview on Thursday, April 19, also at 8 p.m. The show will run April 20-21 and 26-28 at 8 p.m., with matinees on April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m., and April 26 at 11 a.m. The April 29 performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. A post-show discussion with the cast and crew will be held at the April 26 performance.

Tickets are $10 for evening shows and $8 for matinees. Student and senior tickets are $6 for all shows. Preview is half price. For ticket reservations, please contact the box office at 503-370-6221. For additional information, contact Jen Druback, Willamette University Theatres publicity manager, at 503-370-6222.

"Tartuffe" is among the greatest literary reflections of religious hypocrisy ever written. A hilariously witty satire, Molire shatters social conventions that continually ring in the ears of present day audiences. Set in 17th century Paris, Orgon, a wealthy aristocrat, adopts the religious zealot, Tartuffe, into his household. Orgon is so taken with the seemingly pious man, that he offers Tartuffe everything in his grasp - money, luxury, even his daughter. However, Tartuffe is not as pious and pure as he lets on. The other members of the household are not as eager as Orgon to accept Tartuffe as their proverbial savior and try to help Orgon realize his folly in his philanthropic misadventures.

Tartuffe is Leslie Brott's directorial debut at Willamette University. She appeared as a guest artist in Willamette Theatre's 1996 production of The Sea, by Edward Bond. Brott is a member of Actors Equity Association, and has extensive acting and directing experience throughout the country at prestigious theaters such as the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Shakespeare Company and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.