Mar. 06, 2013

17th-century comedy debuts this weekend


Students act a scene in "Tartuffe," a 17th-century comedy being staged March 6 through 10 on campus. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11







A smooth con artist. A rich man deluded. A smart sassy wife. A household in uproar. Will someone be able to stop the nefarious Tartuffe from seducing his wife and taking over the family fortune?

The answers are all contained in the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of the classic 17th-century comedy "Tartuffe" by Molière in a translation by Richard Wilbur and directed by Los Angeles-based theater director, playwright, social essayist and 2013 Geneseo Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth Wong.

Performances on campus are March 6 through 9 in the Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall. Performances begin at 8 p.m. A Sunday, March 10, matinee begins at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and are available online or at the theater's box office.

Wong is an artist in residence this semester in Writers House. Her critically acclaimed plays include "China Doll (An Imagined Life of An American Actress)," and "Letters to a Student Revolutionary," a story of two friends during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Wong's "China Doll" received the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, the Petersen Emerging Playwright Award and the Jane Chambers Award. Her next project is "Roosevelt's Ear," an original play about the three powerful women in FDR's life.