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Tartuffe to be performed at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - March 6, 2001

(New Orleans)—-A favorite French comedy will be the second spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. Tartuffe by Molière will play in Marquette Theater March 16-25. It will be directed by Perry Martin.

When Tartuffe made its debut in 1664, it was decried as an attack on Catholicism and was banned in France for four years. Considered to be Moliere’s most revealing satire, the play unmasks the true motives of those religious impostors who have manipulated others throughout history.

"We are transposing the play to France in the 1890’s," said Martin. "This was the time of Toulouse-Lautrec, the early French burlesque and American Vaudeville which gave rise to the Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello. If you’re looking for a stuffy classic, look elsewhere. Our production will be lots of slapstick, physical comedy, and laugh after laugh," added Martin.

"We have an exceptionally talented group of students," said Georgia Gresham, chair of the Department, "and this is a perfect opportunity for them to experience a highly stylized form of acting."

Tartuffe will play in Marquette Theater, 6363 St. Charles on March 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 8 p.m. and March 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 865-3824.