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Moliere's "Tartuffe" To Open
UW-Eau Claire Theatre Season
MAILED: Oct. 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s University Theatre will begin its 2002-03 theatre season with a presentation of “Tartuffe” by Moliere. The play, directed by Richard Nimke, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Kjer Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 23-26 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
In the play, Tartuffe, a fraud and pious imposter played by sophomore Joseph Dauer, Buffalo, N.Y., is invited into the home of wealthy Orgon, played by senior Eric Traxler, Boyceville, and manages to connive his way into control of Orgon’s land and money. Along the way, Tartuffe tries to seduce Orgon’s wife, played by junior Deborah Selvig, Eau Claire, and attempts to marry Orgon’s daughter, played by sophomore Lisa Truscott, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Orgon is duped by Tartuffe and is so caught under the spell of this self-righteous con man that he does not see the truth, even in the face of complete disaster. Luckily for Orgon, the wisdom of his family and his trusted servant, Dorine, played by senior Emily McPeck, Clayton, wins out in the end.
This brilliant comedy examines the dreadful deeds that can be committed behind the veil of religion when people blindly believe the surface details. Therefore, both Tartuffe, for his religious hypocrisy, and Orgon, for his blind ignorance, are the butt of the humor. The play is a satire, not of religion, but of hypocrisy in general and those who are blindly drawn into its deception.
Other cast members include senior Brian Benson, Rhinelander, as Loyal; sophomore Paul Bleier, Wautoma, as Valere; junior Sara Danke, Wales, as Flipotte; senior Anna Jeanette Figlesthaler, Bayside, as Madame Pernelle; junior Nathan Knick, Fergus Falls, as Damis; freshman Nathan Rohde, Beaver Dam, as the police officer; and senior Robert Vanderloop, Kaukauna, as Cleante.
The stage manager is senior Chandra Lynn LaViolette, Manitowoc, and the assistant stage manager is junior Emily Danielson, White Bear Lake, Minn. The lighting designer is senior Brian Hatfield, Walworth. Scenery is designed by Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, and costumes are by guest designer Faye Fisher Ward.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for students with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002