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Always relevant and funny farce ‘Tartuffe’ comes to A Noise Within

Always relevant and funny Molière’s farce “Tartuffe” comes to A Noise Within (ANW) opening Saturday, February 22, 2014. Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs Tartuffe” in a translation by Richard Wilbur. The world’s most famous scoundrel Tartuffe is comic genius in Molière's tale of naiveté, religious hypocrisy, and the triumphant victory of good over evil - and all in rhyming couplets!

Tartuffe (Freddy Douglas) romances Elmire (Carolyn Ratteray).
Craig Schwartz

Rodriguez-Elliott said about the play, "I love working on Molière because the comedy can be fierce. Along with the plays being wildly funny, there is a dark urgency within his plays that I am always interested in exploring. The issues of power and submission explored in "Tartuffe" are always relevant. What is it about us that allows us to submit ourselves to a person or force, which is more powerful? We have all, at one time or another, been taken in by a Tartuffe."

The acclaimed French playwright and actor Molière wrote “Tartuffe” in 1664, which enjoyed a brief run in front of the king before being thoroughly condemned by the Catholic Church for its lambast of religious fraud. When he died, Molière was initially refused Christian burial due to his banned plays, including “Tartuffe.” However, over time audiences have come to love and acknowledge “Tartuffe” as one of the great masterpieces of comedic satire.

The cast features Geoff Elliott as Orgon, Freddy Douglas as Tartuffe, Rafael Goldstein as Valère, Jane Macfie as Madame Pernell, Carolyn Ratteray as Elmire, Deborah Strang as Dorine, Steve Rockwell as Cléante, Alison Elliot as Mariane, Mark Jacobson as Damis, Bill Hunt as Monsuier Loyal/Officer, and Elisabeth Morgan as Flipote.

“Tartuffe” previews Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21, opens February 22 and performs in rep through May 24. Tickets start at $34, $20 student Rush with ID an hour before performance. Group rates are available. Call 626-356-3100 ext. 1 or visit

“Tartuffe” is generously supported our Production Sponsor, Elizabeth Redmond. “Tartuffe” is also supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Media Sponsors for A Noise Within's 2013/14 Season are Pasadena Star-News and KPCC 89.3 FM.

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