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‘Tartuffe’ Opens the 42nd Season at The Leeward Theatre

‘Tartuffe’ Opens the 42nd Season at The Leeward Theatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

What: The Leeward Theatre Presents: Tartuffe

Where: The Leeward Theatre Alternate Space at Leeward Community College (room AM-101).  A map to the “Alternate Space” can be found in the online press materials.

When: November 11, 12, 17, 18 at 8pm. November 13 & 19 at 4pm

Tickets: $15 General Admission; $10 Current Leeward Students. There are no other discounts offered. Tickets are on sale now. Please be advised that our new space only has 50 seats so shows sell out fast. Get your tickets online by going to the Theatre’s website (http://LCCTheatre.hawaii.edu/) and clicking the “Buy Tickets” button. Get your tickets early before they are gone!

General Contact: If you have a general question for the theatre, please contact The Leeward Theatre, (808) 455-0380, or email LTheatre@hawaii.edu

Getting Here: Please be aware that, due to ongoing rail construction, traffic may be heavier than normal. Please plan accordingly. The Theatre, and Leeward Community College campus, are still open for business as usual.

To get the latest construction updates on the Rail Project, please visit the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) website at: http://www.honolulutransit.org/traffic-updates.aspx

Then navigate to the specific construction area to get the latest traffic closure and detour updates.

Tartuffe open the 42nd Season here at The Leeward Theatre!

The Leeward Theatre is proud to announce the first production of our 42nd Season: Tartuffe by Molière, translated from the original French by Richard Wilbur. Leeward faculty member and award winning local director Betty Burdick will be directing the production in the new Leeward Theatre Alternate Space (formerly the orchestra classroom AM-101).

Tartuffe was written and first performed privately for King Louis XIV in 1664. Richard Wilbur’s 1963 English verse translation maintains both the clever barbs and searing social commentary of the original. Molière, like Shakespeare, uses wit and word play like a weapon, skewering his unsuspecting victims and the audience at once. This quintessential sitcom by the father of farce is the perfect vehicle to kick off Your Leeward Theatre’s 42nd Season.

Burdick’s striking vision for the piece sets the play in a parallel universe for 2016, in a kingdom very like Waikiki, ruled by the descendants of the Ali’i.

Orgon lives on an estate much like the Royal Hawaiian Hotel with his family, and has decided to give all his worldly possessions to a pious holy man named Tartuffe - including his daughter Mariane. However, this holy man is not all that he seems to be, and Orgon’s frantic family and friends are not fooled by Tartuffe’s behavior.

Orgon’s young wife, Elmire, and his sassy maid, Dorine, are determined that Orgon will see Tartuffe for the imposter he is, and that Mariane will be able to wed Valere, the love of her life.  Will their plans succeed?

Hijinks and physical comedy ensue as they hatch a plan to catch the rat before he brings the house down.

About the Director:

Betty Burdick (Director)

Betty Burdick enjoys teaching, directing and acting.  She has more than forty years of experience as an actor, performing all over the country, including Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York.  While acting on the mainland, Ms. Burdick coached professional actors and held seminars in Character Movement for the Actor.  In 1995, she returned to Honolulu after an absence of 30 years to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa while teaching beginning acting and acting technique there.  At Manoa Valley Theatre she has performed in To Kill a Mockingbird, Deathtrap, Wit (Po’okela Award) and A Little Night Music.  For The Actors' Group Betty has performed in Talking With, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Boston Marriage and Happy Days (Po’okela Award) by Samuel Beckett.  For the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Ms. Burdick has played Leonata in Much Ado About Nothing, The Cardinal in King John, and Pistol in an all female version of Henry V.  Her directing credits include work at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Valley Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. She has received Po’okela Awards for directing Fully Committed, The Christmas Carol, and Dividing the Estate at Manoa Valley Theatre. Ms. Burdick has had the pleasure of teaching drama classes at Leeward Community College since 1999.  She has directed Oedipus the King, Sandbox, Clockwork, Twelfth Night, A Dark and Stormy Knight and Titus Andronicus (Po’okela Award) for The Leeward Theatre.  She is currently the discipline head for Theatre at Leeward CC.

About The Leeward Theatre:

Our ultimate goal here at The Leeward Theatre is to build community through live performance. The more of our community that is allowed to access our events the more likely it is for young people and other individuals to take action to improve their community. Creativity is life affirming – no matter the quality or value of what was created. It is a step toward life; toward adding something to the world that did not exist before. The Leeward Theatre exists as a place where creativity is practiced on a daily basis – where students, community members, and trained artists can engage with and empower one another. This is not just a building on a college campus - it is living breathing extension of the community. It is a place that has the power to inspire, the power to enlighten, and the power to educate.

The Leeward Theatre is undergoing a major renovation thanks to the generous support of the Legislature, the Governor, and the University of Hawaii. Although we have a reduced season, we're not completely dark. Come check out the fantastic offerings we have for our 42ND Season!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

The Leeward Theatre
at Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala ‘Ike; Room TH-207
Pearl City, HI 96782
FAX: (808) 455-0384
PHONE: (808) 455-0380
Email: LTheatre@hawaii.edu
Web: http://LCCTheatre.hawaii.edu

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