College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Stage Molière's 'Tartuffe'

September 27, 2011tartuffe

The University of Central Oklahoma Theater Arts Department and Performing Arts Council will present "Tartuffe," Molière's 17th century satire on religious hypocrisy, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 - 8 and 2 p.m., Oct. 9 in Mitchell Hall Theater.

UCO will stage a "playful" version of "Tartuffe," as adapted by Timothy Mooney, UCO Theater Arts Department guest director for the production. His adaptation of Molière's classic comedy sharply satirizes blind hypocrisy, religious piety and deceit in irreverent rhymed verse.

Mooney, author of "Acting at the Speed of Life; Conquering Theatrical Style," and former Artistic Director of Chicago's Stage Two Theater, has devoted much of his theatrical career to writing rhymed variations of Molière's plays.  Mooney is also an actor who performs one-man shows such as "Molière Than Thou" and "Lot o' Shakespeare," both self-written plays, across North America at various festivals and events.

"Tim is an expert on Molière and our students have learned a great deal from him.  It's always great to bring in guest directors for our students to work with so that they can gain experience in various directorial styles," Daisy Nystul, chair of Central's Theater Arts Department, said.

This production of "Tartuffe" is a part of Central's Passport program, which selects a country or region to celebrate during the fall semester annually.  This semester Central chose to celebrate France, Molière's native country.

The mission of the program is to inspire unity and understanding in the global community, while providing educational and entertaining events for Central students and the surrounding community.  Visit for a complete listing of passport events and information.

For tickets to "Tartuffe," call UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater box office at (405) 974-3375.  Due to subject matter, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.

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