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URI Theatre to present Tartuffe, opens February 23

Media Contact: Bonnie Bosworth, 401-874-5922

KINGSTON, RI—February 9, 2012 –Get ready to laugh. The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Moliere’s comic masterpiece Tartuffe.

The show will be staged Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 and March 4 at 3 p.m. in J Studio in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. General admission is $16, $12 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning Feb. 13 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.

Clutching ever-present rosary beads, shifting uncomfortably within the hairshirt he wears for continual penance, and always eyeing the women as they pass—Tartuffe insinuates himself into a wealthy Parisian household and turns it into wickedly funny pandemonium.

This is Moliere’s Tartuffe, whose central character is a wily opportunist swindler. He affects sanctity and gains complete trust of the head of a wealthy family while everyone else sees what Tartuffe really is --crooked. Tartuffe has been enjoyed by millions for centuries.

The show is directed by guest artist Tom Gleadow, costume and jewelry design by guest artist Marilyn Salvatore; sets by URI Alumnus Patrick Lynch; lighting design by URI Alumnus Matthew Terry and sound design by guest artist, Mike Hyde.

Actors, their characters, and their hometowns follow:

Sam Appleman, Damis, Longmeadow, Mass.
Julia Bailey, Elmire, Plaiston, N.H.
Erick Betancourt, Loyal, Providence
Miles Boucher, Orgon, Coventry
Andrew Burnap, Valere, South Kingstown
Danielle Dube, Flipote, Pawtucket
Emily Foster, Mariane, Ivoryton, Conn.
Kira Hawkridge, Laurent, Pawtucket
Olivia Khoshatefeh, Dorine, Boston, Mass.
T.S. McCormick, Cleante, Cranston
Alex Maynard, Madame Pernelle, Pawtucket
Marc Tiberiis II, Officer, Pawtucket
Birk Wozniak, Tartuffe, Kingston
Mia Rocchio, Mariane US, Windsor, Vt.
Daren DeFrank, Dorine US, West Hartford, Conn.
Americo Lanni, Valere US, Johnston
Allie Meek, Elmire US, Riverside
Robert P. Mulligan, Jr, Cleante US, Warwick
Stephen Peterson, Damis US, Torrington, Conn.
Marc Tiberiis II, Tartuffe US, Pawtucket


Pictured above
URI students Miles Boucher of Coventry, Olivia Khoshatefeh of Boston, Mass., Birk Wozniak of Kingston, and Julia Bailey of Plaiston, N.H star in the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department’s upcoming production of Moliere’s comic masterpiece Tartuffe. The show will be staged Feb. 23 to 25 and March 1 to 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 and March 4 at 3 p.m. in J Studio in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston. General admission is $16, $12 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 beginning Feb. 13 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre. URI Photo by Randy Osga