Written by Molière, adapted by Richard Wilbur and directed by Julia Matthews, “Tartuffe” will be performed in Albright College’s Center for the Arts Theatre, Thur.-Sat., Nov. 10-12 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit albright.edu/tickets or call 610-921-7547.
The play is about Monsieur Orgon, who has a comfortable life in Paris with a lovely home, a beautiful wife and two grown children, yet he feels something is missing. He brings home Tartuffe to be his spiritual advisor, and Tartuffe proposes some radical changes, much to the family’s dismay. This classic comedy asks if we can ever really recognize virtue when we see it.
Born in 1622, Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), was a French playwright, actor and poet known for stage comedies. Many of his plays, including “Tartuffe,” were labeled scandalous and were suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church.
Considered by many to be his most scandalous play, a five-act version of “Tartuffe” was played once in 1667 and was subsequently banned by police and the Archbishop. Today, Molière is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest writers.