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Shakespeare at Sunset presents 'Tartuffe'

August 21, 2013

The 'season' of Shakespeare at Sunset at Colorado State is here! This year, performances begin on August 22 and run through September 8. Walt Jones will direct and CSU theatre majors will perform Tartuffe,' one of the most celebrated and hilarious comedies in theatre history.

University Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The Theatre Program's Shakespeare at Sunset  presents Tartuffe, directed by Walt Jones.

Performance dates 

  • August 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 at 7 p.m.
  • September 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7 p.m.

Molière’s Tartuffe

One of the theatre’s most celebrated and hilarious comedies written by one of the most produced authors in the world, Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière’s Tartuffe was first performed at Versailles in 1664.

Sinner or saint, the character of Tartuffe certainly divides opinion. To Orgon, the master of the house, Tartuffe is the epitome of piousness, a beggar motivated only to save their souls.

But to Orgon’s family, Tartuffe is a con man, taking advantage of people’s good nature. Tartuffe orders Orgon’s daughter to marry him, while enforcing his view that ‘a secret sin is no sin at all,’ as he confesses his love to Orgon’s wife, Elmire. The family attempts to unveil Tartuffe’s deceit, but it’s too late; the family is ordered off the estate, which now belongs to Tartuffe.

In this brisk 85-minute family entertainment, translated by Richard Wilbur, Tartuffe is transformed into the 60s mod subculture that changed fashion, music, art, cars, anything that the upper middle class thought to be popular, fashionable, and modern.

Revived in the television series Mad Men, images of pop art and the mod movement will influence the visual and aural aspects of the production, blending of 17th-century Paris with the “McMansion” or a present-day suburb in the U.S.

Tartuffe is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc. New York. Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur


  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (under 18)
  • $18/adult

Purchase tickets.

Ticket Thursdays

CSU students can get free tickets for performances on August 29, and September 5.

Ticket Sundays

Ticket Sundays are free for community members on September  1, 8.

Contact: Carrie Care