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John Jay High School’s Theatre Workshop presents Tartuffe by Molière on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the John Jay High School Theatre. Tickets are $5 for adults and students. No reservations are necessary and tickets will be available at the door.
This is John Jay High School’s 2016 freshman play. While all of the actors are in their first year of high school, student-directors Barrett Middleton and Gary Sowder are seniors who have been dedicated members of John Jay High School’s theatre program since their freshman year. Middleton and Sowder chose Tartuffe because of its literary value, and the light-hearted tone of the play. “The play doesn’t take itself too seriously,” said Middleton.
Molière’s play tells the story of a wealthy family as they navigate love, deceit, religious hypocrisy, and class structure. It begins with Tartuffe, a scheming conman, winning the approval of a wealthy man named Orgon. After being invited into his home, Tartuffe tries to marry Orgon’s daughter and seduce his wife, all while Orgon is none the wiser. Throughout, the audience is aware of Tartuffe’s duplicity, but the other characters on stage are not. The dramatic irony will leave audience members enjoying every minute.
Tartuffe is produced with special permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.