Tartuffe

By Moliere, Translation by Constance Congdon
Produced by Brown University Department of Theater and Performance Studies
Leeds Theater, Providence, RI

Scenic Design: Michael McGarty
Lighting Design: Oona Curley
Sound Design: Leandro Zaneti
Costume Design: Charlotte Burgess
Choreography: Mia Rovegno and ensemble

A mysterious houseguest seduces a man into handing over his estate, all in the name of religious devotion. Our production put a contemporary American spin on this classic French farce, investigating the fine line between passion and destruction when fundamentalism is imposed upon a community. A home is transformed as the playful tradition of eavesdropping is replaced by a culture of enforced surveillance.

"A breathless pace and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue give the proceedings the unstoppable momentum of a two-hour-plus pratfall, as director Mia Rovegno ringmasters the Sock & Buskin troupe."

Bill Rodriguez, Boston Phoenix

"This production starts with the energy dial at 11 and never drops below 10. Director Rovegno has this Tartuffe cooking away on high heat, reducing this comedy to its comic essence."

Bill Rodriguez, Boston Phoenix

"With a well-rounded cast, side-splitting interpretation of the text and creative staging, Tartuffe — all about the madness of falling in love, in lust, in debt or insane — is delightful."

Kristina Fazzalaro, Brown Daily Herald