Sunday, April 29, 2012

In the Wings: Tartuffe. Meet Jeff Spanke.

Jeff Spanke directs Tartuffe, the fifth show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Molière.

Question: Why did you want to direct Tartuffe?
Jeff Spanke: I was familiar with the script from having workshopped it in high school. I thought it was a great addition to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's season.

Q: When and where is the show set? What is the first conflict the audience notices?
J.S.: We've set the show in the 1950s: the over-patriotic, conservative, Red Scare, McCarthy era America. The first conflict we notice is that there is an impostor and most of the family is onto him, but the two pivotal family members are not.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about this show?
J.S.: I think it will be a combination of Molière's witty dialogue as well as the physicality that some actors bring, in particular Timothy Devery as Tartuffe and Rachel Thibault as Elmire. They'll enjoy the fun that the actors are having as they play over-the-top farcical people.

Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
J.S.: Absolutely. I'm not actually the director of the show.

Tartuffe opens Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 27 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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