PLATTSBURGH - The State University of New York a Plattsburgh's Department of Theatre will perform a production of Moliere's "Tartuffe" beginning Thursday, Nov. 5.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hartman Theatre, located in the Myers Fine Arts Building.

Dr. John Shout, professor of Theater and English, will direct the comedy about religious hypocrisy, seduction and greed. According to Shout, the play remains as relevant today as when it was first written almost 350 years ago.

"'Tartuffe' is one of the most frequently performed plays in the long canon of theater history," explained Shout. "Precisely because the things they found funny in the 17th century, we still find funny today."

"Tartuffe" is the story of a conman, who plots and schemes his way into the household of a rich fool by presenting himself as a holy man. Not everyone is convinced, however, and the fun begins as Tartuffe sets out to steal the man's women and family fortune. The play was first performed in 1664 for King Louis XIV. Although well received by audiences, it was quickly banned because of objections from influential church leaders.

The production will feature performances by 11 students and the efforts of many students, alumni, faculty and staff behind the scenes.

Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Angell College Center desk and at the door.

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