Tartuffe

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Writers: Moliere

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Text And Format
Category
Play
Number of Acts
5
First Produced
1669
Genres
Comedy, Satire
Time & Place
17th century france, a wealthy house in paris
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

Controversial and popular from the time of its release, Moliere’s Tartuffe remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy. When the kind, yet dim, Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is -- in fact -- a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear! While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe’s clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction-- and an obvious Deus ex Machina -- to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite.

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