or the Imposter
Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere
Translated and adapted from the French by
Tartuffe, a classic of the French theatre, is the story of a religious hypocrite who worms his way into a middle class household in 17th century France. It has a cast of 13 characters, 8 men, 5 women (1 man, 1 woman in non-speaking roles). It is the most popular of Moliere’s plays. This version is a modern, American English translation of the French classic. Like the original, it is entirely in rhymed couplets, but you will find that this version is fresh and accessible for modern audiences while keeping the spirit of the original.
Harold Dixon, translator
Dr. Dixon is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School of Theatre, Film, & Television at the University of Arizona, where the Harold Dixon Directing Studio is named for him. He was also founding artistic director of the Arizona Repertory Theatre, where he directed over 50 shows, including Tartuffe, Measure For Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, Candide, Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, The Kentucky Cycle, Nicholas Nickelby, and the Cider House Rules. As a director, he has also worked Off Broadway (92nd St Y), at the Kennedy Center, Gloucester Stage Company, Phoenix Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Tucson, and Southwest Shakespeare Company. As an actor, he has appeared Off Broadway (92nd St Y and Theatre Row) and in the National tour of Ella (as Ella Fitzgerald’s manager, Norman Granz). Regional theatres: Ella at 20 theatres, including the Guthrie, Long Wharf, Pittsburgh Public, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Asolo Rep, Arena Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Laguna Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. Other shows at: Gloucester Stage Company (Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady and The Secret of Mme Bonnard’s Bath – world premiere), Kingsmen Shakespeare Company (The Temest, Hamlet, Measure For Measure, Richard III), Phoenix Theatre (Six Degrees of Separation, A Christmas Story), Arizona Theatre Company (Much Ado About Nothing, Streetcar Named Desire, others), Shakespeare Sedona, Southwest Shakespeare Company (The Tempest, Hamlet, King Lear, As You Like It), Arizona Repertory Theatre (King Lear, others), and Invisible Theatre. Film: Born To Ride, Hungry For Change, Half Laughing (indie shorts), The Back of Beyond (narrator). Television: “Rescue 911,” “The Highwayman,” “Enola Gay,” plus commercials and industrial films. Member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, and Stage Directors & Choregraphers Society.
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