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.
Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.