Gary McFall plays Cléante in 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 be involved with Tartuffe?
Gary McFall: I've wanted to be in a Civic play for a long time, but haven't been able to because of work. I was able to carve some time from work to be in this show.
Q: Who is Cléante?
G.M.: Cléante is Elmire's brother, and Orgon's brother-in-law and very good friend. He's a slacker and a slob; he enjoys living on Orgon's dime. It's funny that Orgon calls Cléante "the Cato of the present age," which makes me think of Kato Kaelin from the O.J. Simpson case, who was just another hanger-on.
Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
G.M.: We try to connect it with current times; it was written more than 400 years ago. There are connections with the way people behave now: people who are hangers-on, people who spout their opinions, parents who are controlling over their children.
Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
G.M.: Been conned, absolutely. A gentleman convinced me that he knew everything about being a building contractor, and he was my contractor on a project that went bad really fast.
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.