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Tartuffe

Written by Molière
Directed by Sara Brummel
7:30 PM March 26-28
2:30 PM March 29
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Sponsored by KTXR and Missouri State Dining Services presented by Chartwells.

Tartuffe logoThe gullible Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle, have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a charlatan whose false piety and ulterior motives are obvious to the rest of Orgon’s family and friends.  So blinded is Orgon by misplaced admiration of his duplicitous houseguest, that he announces his daughter Mariane will marry Tartuffe, although she is already engaged to Valère. Alarmed by the degree to which Tartuffe has insinuated himself into the household, the family devises a plot to entrap Tartuffe into confessing his desire for Elmire, Orgon’s wife. The plan backfires, and Orgon responds by banishing his son from the house and signing over all his worldly possessions to Tartuffe!

A humorous comedy of bourgeois values and religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe was banned by King Louis XIV soon after its premiere in 1664. The Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in or read the play. Molière defended his work, noting that the juxtaposition of opposites — good and bad, right and wrong, wisdom and folly, truth and falsehood, the rational and the unreasonable — is at the heart of comedy.  Fortunately for generations of happy theatre-goers, the controversy surrounding the play eventually lifted, and Molière’s insightful work has endured as one of classical theatre’s most popular comedies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strutting & Fretting: a neo vaudeville

Choreographed by MSU Faculty
Coordinated by Ruth Barnes
7:30 PM April 30 - May 2
2:30 PM May 3
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID ?

Spring Dance LogoLife is a carnival — and this year’s Spring Dance Concert celebrates the joy of dance with a neo-vaudeville flair. Venturing beyond choreography, the devised entertainment weaves magic, whimsy, nostalgia and visual spectacle with the grace, athleticism and energy of dance.

The program of new works, conceived by our faculty and performed by our students, is playful and fun, designed to engage the imagination and delight the senses.

So step right up and be amazed by the wonderful diversity of dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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