Come one, come all for a night of a rhythmic French and comedic performance feel the cast of Barton College. This is all brought to presentation in the Kennedy Family Theatre on April 21 and at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 3:00 p.m.featuring French sixteenth-century play: Tartuffe, written by Molière.
This comedic play was originally performed in 1664 in the Palace of Versailles in France. The title of the play, Tartuffe, translates into English as The Imposter or The Hypocrite. This detail simply hints to the storyline and plot of the play itself. Tartuffe is one of many comedic plays brought to society by play writer Molière.
Director of the Barton College theatre, Adam Twiss says this about the plays appearance on the college’s stage and the campus involvement through casting: “it’s always a special event to work on a classic play…and this is the first time we’ve worked on a classic comedy since we opened the Kennedy Family Theatre seven years ago. I expect this show will feature students, faculty, and community members…and will be a hilarious introduction to a challenging style of dramatic literature.”
As for campus involvement, both Barton College students as well as faculty and staff. Making returning appearances on stage are well known Barton actors as well as Barton’s very own: Tony Tilly.
Freshman, Steven Foy, talks about his character in the show: “My character is the preppy kinda guy who wants to marry Orgon’s daughter Mariane because we’re madly in love but I find out she gets betrothed to Tartuffe. I add comedic elements to the show by arguing with Mariane and I try to win back her father’s approval by providing the runaway vehicle when he is threatened to be thrown in prison. All I want is to be able to marry his daughter and be apart of the family.”
As for Senior, Courtney Perez on how Tartuffe stands out among other plays brought to Barton she says: “When it comes to the script and the writing, I like how there’s funny hidden jokes in the lines. I also like how well the cast works together according to the rehearsals that have taken place. I also love my character, I am a daddy’s girl who cries and whines when she doesn’t get her way. She is a very fun character to portray and bring to life”.
Get ready Barton for a night of laughter for the Barton College production of Tartuffe. Not only will the night be filled with laughter, but also with underlying life lessons.
By Elizabeth Sloop