The Olney Theatre Center revival of Moliere's Tartuffe with Helen Hayes Award winner (and four-time nominee) Halo Wines making her solo directorial debut at the helm, closes May 14. Performances began April 11.
Wines, associate artistic director for the Maryland-based theatre, has co directed for the theatre (Broken Glass, Romeo and Juliet) and recently garnered a Hayes nomination for her turn in Olney's Holiday Memories.
Perhaps Moliere's best-known comedy, Tartuffe examines hypocrisy through the title character who, with the robes of the clergy to hide behind, cons middle class Orgon into pledging his money and daughter to him, while trying to seduce Orgon's wife, Elmire. This translation from the original French is by former poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Wilbur.
Mitchell Hebert stars as the title character with Alan Wade as Orgon and Julie-Ann Elliot as Elmire. Recent Helen Hayes nominee Christopher Lane (Equus) is Valere with Carolyn Pasquantonio as his lover Marianne. Also in the cast are Traber Burns, Kathleen Coons, Peter Finnegan, David Marks, Pernelle Anne Stone, Mary Beth Wise and Grady Weatherford.
Designing Tartuffe in a traditional late 17th Century French wedding's style are Jim Kronzer (sets), Lonie Fullerton (costumes), Tom Sturge (lighting) and Jesse Terrill (sound). Tickets are $32-$15. The Olney Theatre Center is located at 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road. For tickets, call (301) 924-3400. Olney Theatre Center is on the web at http://www.olneytheatre.org.