Mar. 06, 2013

Molière’s Classic Comedy ‘Tartuffe’ on Stage March 6 - 10, Directed by Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth Wong


Senior Russell James Allen (left) plays Tartuffe and junior Zachary Ellingham is Orgon in the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "Tartuffe" March 6-10 in the Alice Austin Theatre.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- 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 SUNY Geneseo 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.

The March 6 - 9 performances begin at 8 p.m. and the matinee on March 10 begins at 2 o'clock. All shows are in the Alice Austin Theatre in the Brodie Fine Arts Building. General admission tickets are $10 and are available online or at the theater's box office.

Wong's 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, the first play in the country to respond to the protests. She also has written for television.

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.


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