2023/24 Season – 30th Anniversary
Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Charles McMahon
Must close October 8, 2023
Prim and devout Orgon invites Tartuffe, a charlatan par excellence, into his bourgeois household, laying the scene for equal parts domestic disruption and social outrage. Banned for decades by civil and religious authorities who found the play too close for comfort, this masterpiece from perhaps the most beloved comic playwright of all time is a searing and hilarious study in how we collaborate in our own deception.
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Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a brief intermission
Tartuffe will be performed at St. Stephen's Theater, which is conveniently located at 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
We regret that access to both the performance space and restrooms at St. Stephen's Theater requires navigating a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, no elevator service is available. We are able to accommodate patrons with early seating or other special needs. When you arrive at the theater, please let the house manager on duty know how we may assist you.
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Morgan Charéce Hall as Mariane • Gregory Isaac as Cléante • Dave Johnson as Valère • Travoye Joyner as Damis • Jered McLenigan as Tartuffe • Lee Minora as Dorine • Campbell O'Hare as Elmire • Cathy Simpson as Madame Pernelle • Kahlil A. Wyatt as Monsieur Loyal/Ensemble • Frank X as Orgon
The Creative Team
Charles McMahon, Director • Meghan Jones, Scenic Designer • Kelly Myers, Costume Designer • Tydell Williams, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer & Original Music • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Maya Nguyen-Haberneski, Assistant Director
"Everything Lantern Theater Company does is top-notch, so its rendition of Molière's French comedy, Tartuffe, otherwise known as The Hypocrite, is bound to be excellent, full of all sorts of biting wit and sarcasm – a perfect season opener." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Occasionally one attends a theatrical performance and is struck by the perfection of the production. The lights, sound, costumes, set, actors are all exactly what they needed to be to produce a truly exceptional night at the theater. The Lantern's Tartuffe is such a production." –Delco Culture Vultures
"Achingly funny... sets a high bar for the 2023-2024 theater season." –Broad Street Review
"Temple grad Travoye Joyner takes on role of Damis in Molière's Tartuffe at the Lantern" –The Philadelphia Tribune
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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