"Tartuffe" takes the stage at Interlochen Arts Academy

  • Interlochen Arts Academy students rehearse a scene from Tartuffe.

  • Theatre students rehearse Moliere's Tartuffe.

  • Director Gulshirin Dubash demonstrates a hand gesture during a rehearsal.

  • Three students in a scene from Tartuffe.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Company will present Molière’s enduring comedic masterpiece Tartuffe on April 19 and 20 in the Harvey Theatre on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Widely considered one of the sharpest theatrical satires to this day, Tartuffe has stirred controversy and delighted audiences since it was first performed, and subsequently banned by King Louis XIV, in 1664. A tale of hypocrisy, religion, and loyalty in a hilarious conflation of ideals, Tartuffe speaks directly to the vanities and influences of our contemporary society.

“Centered on a text that is full of wit and social commentary, Interlochen's interpretation of Moliere's Tartuffe will create an abstract and historical experience that is designed to be as close as possible to what audiences would have experienced in the 1600s,” said director Gulshirin Dubash. “The actors will employ physical styles and gestures that are drawn entirely from rhetoric and acting treatises from the 1640s to roughly the French Revolution, and the set is abstracted from the great art salons and decorated doors of the 17th century.”

Considered among the greatest classical roles, the characters of “Tartuffe,” “Elmire,” and “Orgon” will be performed by high school students enrolled in Interlochen’s renowned theatre division.