Next Stage and Apron present ‘Tartuffe’
Lionel Chute, Gay Maxwell, Ha Huynh, and Christopher Coutant in rehearsal for upcoming Apron production of “Tartuffe” at Next Stage.

Next Stage and Apron present ‘Tartuffe’

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and The Apron Theater Company present Tartuffe by Molière, directed by Karla Baldwin.

Tartuffe opens Thursday, Aug. 8, with performances on August 8, 9, and 10, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., Aug. 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The cast features Michael Kennedy, Gay Maxwell, Christopher Coutant, Lionel Chute, Aiden Meyer, and Ha Huynh.

Controversial and popular from the time of its release in 1664, Molière's Tartuffe remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy.

When the kind yet dim Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is in fact a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear.

While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe's clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction - and an obvious deus ex machina - to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite.

The Apron Theater Company was founded by Karla Baldwin and Hallie Flower and is Next Stage Arts Project's “theater-company-in-residence.” They have wowed audiences with each production with outstanding casts, direction, sets, and technical production values.

Next Stage Arts Project, winner of national grants including from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be a magnet for community connection and exploration.

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