Classical Theatre of Harlem artistic director Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner penned the comedy that began performances June 12 and will run through July 19 at the Clurman Theater in midtown Manhattan. In addition to De Shields (The Full Monty, Impressionism, Prymate), the cast includes Ted Lange ("The Love Boat"), Kim Brockington (Angela's Mixtape), Jennifer Akabue, Gerron Atkinson, Jabari Brisport, Tyrone Davis, Soneelea Nankani, Gina Marie Rivera, Charletta Rozzell, Lawrence Street, Kisa Willis and Reji Woods.
Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, according to press notes, "is an original play with music, inspired by Molière's great comic classic and informed by the gloriously unorthodox ministries of Reverend Ike, Daddy Grace, and Rasputin. Set within a fabulously theatrical Harlem Renaissance-era 'church,' the play explores the outrageously creative criminal mind of the title character through a series of songs, dances, sermons and feats of divine inspiration."
The production has musical direction by Kelvyn Bell, choreography by Tracy Jack, costumes by Emilio Sosa, set design by Greg Mitchell, lighting design by Aaron Black and sound design by Bret Scheinfeld.
For tickets, priced $51.25, phone (212) 279-4200 or visit Ticketcentral. The Clurman Theater is located at 410 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.