Department of Theatre Arts

Current Season

Tartuffe

 

Molière's play Tartuffe is a French Farce that is set in the realm of seventeenth-century Parisian high society during the reign of King Louis XIV. Orgon, a wealthy family man, takes in a stranger by the name of Tartuffe to stay in his home. Tartuffe appears to be an extremely pious and devout man of religion, and Orgon regards him almost as a saint. However, Tartuffe is a con man who only pretends to be of the highest moral authority but who does not practice what he preaches.

 

Getting Out

Marsha Norman’s play Getting Out is set today in Louisville, Kentucky. When released from prison Arlene returns to a run-down apartment, intent on starting her life over. Rebellious and disruptive as a young girl, she has found strength in religion and wants to put her youth behind her. She struggles to find her way in the present which is counterpointed by flashbacks of her past.

 

The Music Man

Five time Tony Award winning musical The Music Man set in 1912 in River City, Iowa where con man Harold Hill poses as a boys' band organizer and leader. He sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons.

 

#8

Jean Battlo’s play #8 is a Holocaust love story. In an unnamed eastern European country in 1939 the Stein family is faced with some very difficult choices. The family's only way out of the country is in the back of a grocery truck. Their place on the truck is insured when Moshe draws the number eight in a lottery. But some unexpected twists alter the landscape all the way to the end of this intense drama.