Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Moliere’s 1667 comic masterpiece, Tartuffe, opens Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania University’s Lucille C. Little Theater.

Is Tartuffe a man of the cloth or a master of deceit? This slick charmer, posing as a devout Christian, oozes into a private household and disrupts it entirely, manipulating the gullible and silencing the sensible. The holier-than-thou hypocrite tricks an unquestioning fan into giving him his home, his wealth, his daughter and nearly even his wife.

The wildly witty comedy, directed by drama professor Tim Soulis, runs Feb. 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Lucille C. Little Theater. For tickets ($10) call (859) 281-3621, Monday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m.

Immediately following the opening night performance, French professor Simonetta Cochis and members of the drama program, cast and crew will answer questions from the audience and discuss the play’s contemporary relevance, historical and cultural context and staging challenges.

For information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.