Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In the Wings: Tartuffe. Meet Nelson Tilley.

Nelson Tilley plays Valère 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?
Nelson Tilley: I had never performed a classic play like this. I wanted to keep acting and not take a break.

Q: Who is Valère?
N.T.: Valère is promised to be Mariane's fiancé by Orgon. His goal is to keep her his and marry her.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
N.T.:  Jeff Spanke is a wonderful director and has done a great job with the show. Doug Pruim, who plays Orgon, is a phenomenal actor. I think the audience will enjoy the comedic timing and action. It's all really funny.

Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
N.T.: I have been conned and tricked into things before, yes.

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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