Next month, Middlesex Community College students will perform a modern rendition of the classic French play “Tartuffe” by Molière. Students from adjunct professor Dic Wheeler’s Plays in Production class will star in Molière’s best-known play, making this the first student production since 2011.
“It is so exciting to feel the energy that these students are investing into making this classic comedy really crackle in a contemporary setting,” said Dic Wheeler, who is also the executive director of local theater group ARTFARM. “They are learning about comedy, about history, about style, and I think that the audience is going to love their enthusiasm and their talent. I hope that this is the start of having a student production every spring at MxCC.”
The performances will take place on May 14 at 5 p.m. and on May 15 at 7 p.m. in Chapman Hall at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. The performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. To register, visit mxcc.edu/tartuffe.
This production takes full advantage of dramatic opportunity offered by befuddled fathers, scurrilous con artists, dictatorial grandmothers, young second wives, pompous know-it-alls and the frustrated young lovers caught in their net. The production updates the classic comedy to the contemporary upper-crust of society, making this fast-paced verse comedy feel frighteningly up-to-date.