April 8, 2010
'Tartuffe' comes to Northwest Studio Theater stage
MARYVILLE, Mo. - "Tartuffe," the classic comedy by French playwright Moliere will be featured with five performances on the Northwest stage next week.
The show, directed by Governor's Teaching Award for Excellence in Education recipient Amanda Petefish-Schrag, will open Wednesday, April 14 in the Studio Theater of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.
In conjunction with the play, there will be a panel discussion after Thursday's performance featuring Maryville clergy and Northwest faculty discussing "Tartuffe in Today's World." The public is invited to attend.
All tickets are general admission and can be purchased for $8. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. Advance reservations may be made at www.theatrenorthwest.org. For group reservations and rates call 660.562.1321.
The play satirizes religious hypocrisy, blind piety, and deceit as Tartuffe worms his way into the once ordered household of the merchant Orgon. Under the guise of religious devotion, Tartuffe plots and schemes to secure wealth, women, and the downfall of Orgon and his family.
"This play still strikes with such humor and relevance - you forget that it is several hundred years old," Petefish-Schrag said. "Through humor that ranges from slapstick to witty banter and verbal jousting, 'Tartuffe' is remarkably effective in urging us to consider the difference between true and false piety in the people we choose to trust as leaders. "
Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of theatre and artistic director, in February was awarded the 2010 Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. A native of Alexandria, Minn., she is in her seventh year of teaching and her fourth year at Northwest, where her teaching focuses on performance, specifically acting and movement.
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