Written by Jean Baptise Poquelin de Moliere
Translated into English Verse by Ricard Wilbur
Directed by Beth Terranova
When piety disguises cunning, there’s danger in the air… While the ostensibly pious vagabond, Tartuffe, is exploiting the homeowners who graciously took him in, the only one who can see through his false piety is the housekeeper Dorine. He has magnificent success in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house, but then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property… Will his duplicity be exposed and punished? The author has mercilessly examined the evil that men can commit in the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. A sparkling version of one of the great comedies of the French Theater. As current today, as it was centuries ago, this classic comedic tale is an excellent play for the modern era.