Laguna Playhouse presents Tartuffe, a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre

Laguna Playhouse presents a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre of their critically acclaimed production of Tartuffe, written by Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur and directed by Richard Baird. Tartuffe will begin previews on Wednesday, April 17 (with a press opening on Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.) and run through Sunday, May 5 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

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“Tartuffe” runs from April 21 through May 5

For years, Laguna Playhouse has been making audiences laugh with a wide variety of comedies and now they deliver one of the most enduring comedic masterpieces of all time, Tartuffe. This astonishingly clever adaptation bursts with fun as the charlatan Tartuffe worms his way into a wealthy family causing disruption and pandemonium. With wicked precision and brilliantly rhyming verses, this highly satiric comedy skewers religious hypocrisy, duplicity, lust and self-inflicted chaos.

Director Richard Baird noted, “Jean-Baptiste Poquelin was born in 1622 in Paris, the son of the Royal Upholsterer (a respected if unusual title). Instead of following in his father’s line as the next upholsterer to the King, young Poquelin ran off to join the theatre. To save his family from this embarrassment, he took the nom de plume of an infamous libertine, Molière. While he had yearned to be a great tragedian, he found that the audience was disposed to laugh at him. Ever the shrewd producer, Molière adjusted to comedy, finding his voice in writing great satiric comedies that focused on human weaknesses: jealousy, misanthropy, miserliness and in Tartuffe’s case: hypocrisy. The play was originally titled Tartuffe, The Hypocrite.

Baird is an award-winning director, actor and producer. He is the founding artistic director of New Fortune Theatre Company, where he directed the West Coast Premiere of Public Enemy and a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and co-directed Henry V and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His directing credits are lengthy and impressive.

Richard Wilbur (Translator) was born in New York City and received his B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from Harvard. He has taught on the faculties of Harvard, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Smith.

The cast of Tartuffe features (in alphabetical order): Kandis Chappell as Mme. Pernelle, Shanté Deloach as Mariane, Rogelio Douglas III as Damis, Bo Foxworth as Orgon, Katie Karel as Dorine, Melanie Lora as Elmire, Kate Rose Reynolds as Flipote/Police Officer/Laurent, Bruce Turk as Tartuffe, Jared Van Heel as Valere/M. Loyal and Christopher M. Williams as Cleante.

The design team for Tartuffe includes: scenic design by Marty Burnett; costume design by Elisa Benzoni; lighting design by Matt Novotny; sound design by Ian Scot; co-props design by Matt FitzGerald and Tessia Iadicicco, and hair and wig design by Peter Herman. The Production Stage Manager is Vernon Willet.

Tartuffe will preview on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; (with a press opening on Sunday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.) and run through Sunday, May 5 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Performances are Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There will be added performances on Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. There will be no performance on Sunday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $45-$84 and can be purchased online at https://lagunaplayhouse.com, or by calling 949.497.2787. Group discounts are available by calling 949.497.2787, ext. 229. Prices are subject to change.

The box office is open Tuesdays through Sundays: 12-4 p.m.; Mondays open two hours prior to show time and until 15 minutes after curtain. It is open until showtime on all performance days.

For more information on all shows and programming, visit https://lagunaplayhouse.com.


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