EAC Theatre Department presents Tartuffe
By Jeanné Clark
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Department will be performing Moliere’s Tartuffe, a 17th century French comedy masterpiece, on November 5-8 at 7:30 p.m., with a special November 8 matinee at 2 p.m., all in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium.
This production will be the first EAC play for its new theatre director, Dr. Dan Robbins. Robbins joins EAC from a position at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia. Originally from Texas, he obtained his Ph.D. in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also worked as the director of theatre at Jacksonville University and as an assistant professor at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
Tartuffe, written by the 17th century comic genius, Moliere, is set in Paris in 1660. The plot revolves around a wealthy man, Orgon, and Tartuffe, a con artist pretending to be a holy man. When Orgon is so duped by the imposter that he offers to marry his lovely daughter to the scoundrel, things get complicated—and hilarious.
Robbins emphasizes that although this is a 300-year-old play, it’s anything but dry. “Most productions of Tartuffe leave out the slapstick and only emphasize the words. We believe that both are vital, so in this production, we’ve infused the great dialogue with some good old-fashioned physical humor. We guarantee you’ll laugh until your sides hurt!”
EAC’s adaptation of this classic comedic production is the college’s entry into this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national theater education program that focuses on promoting quality in college theater productions. By entering this production, the EAC Drama Department is sharing in the KCACTF goals as well as competing for a chance to perform it at the national festival in the spring of 2009.
Admission price for Tartuffe is $5/person and is not recommended for younger children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at 428-8228.