The University of Southern Indiana Theatre department will present Molière’s Tartuffe, translated by Richard Wilbur, February 12-15 and 19-23, 2003.
Elliot Wasserman, USI associate professor of theatre and director of the production, said, “Tartuffe is one of the world's great comedies. It tells the story of a family caught in the clutches of a religious hypocrite who bamboozles his way to nearly total control of the household as he takes advantage of the trust his host places in him.”
Leo Kempf, a junior theatre major, plays the role of Orgon. Kempf has performed at every local theatre and studied for a year at Second City in Chicago. He has also toured with several bands, including a farcical trucker band from Irving, TX. Kempf is from Newburgh, IN.
Derek Daniels plays the lead role of Tartuffe in his first college production. Daniels is a speech/theatre major in his sophomore year. He has done community theatre and performed at Holiday World near his hometown of Rockport, IN. He said, “Playing Tartuffe is amazing. He is such a vibrant and exciting character.”
Other students in the show include Erin Monohan, Rai Stovall, Amanda Grubb, Joe Ciresi, Greg Schafer, Jodi Andry, Dustin John, and Aaron Bonds. Sound design is by theatre major Charles Walther. Costume design is by Associate Professor Shan Jensen. Associate Professor Doug Hubbell designed the set and lighting design is by Assistant Professor Rick Kuykendall.
Times for the show are 7 p.m.February 12, 13, 19, and 20; 8 p.m. February 14, 15, 21 and 22 ; and 2 p.m. February 23. All performances are at the USI Theatre, 3001 Igleheart Avenue.
Tickets are on sale now. Single tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for seniors/students; and $3 for USI students. Call 812-422-3970 for more information or to order tickets.