University Theatre opens ‘Tartuffe’ Wednesday

Tartuffe-(3)-RotatorKEARNEY – University Theatre at Kearney will present “Tartuffe” Wednesday through Sunday (Nov. 18-22) at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The satirical comedy is based on the original play written by Moliere and adapted by Timothy Mooney.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 18-21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22
Where: Miriam Drake Theatre, Fine Arts Building
Synopsis: When the religious hypocrite Tartuffe ingratiates himself into the good graces of Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle, he is taken into their home and promised Orgon’s daughter’s hand in marriage (even as he secretly attempts to seduce Orgon’s wife, Elmire). Everyone else in the family sees through Tartuffe’s pose, and his machinations and hypocrisies are eventually exposed, but it may be too late to save the family from eviction and to keep Orgon from being thrown in prison. Moliere’s classic comedy satirizes religious hypocrisy, blind piety and deceit, and this adaptation captures these themes in irreverent rhyme.
Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for non-UNK students, seniors and UNK faculty/staff; $7 per person for groups of 10 or more; and FREE for UNK students with a valid ID. For tickets, contact the UNK Box Office at 308.865.8417 or
Tartuffe (11)CAST (listed by hometown)
Aurora – Jacob W. Lawson as Monsieur Loyal
Bennington – Beth Hagedorn as Dorine
Crofton – Tommy Augustin as Cleante
Elm Creek – Shelby Ferguson as Mariane
Indianola – Andrew Lepper as Damis
Johnstown – Lars Johnson as Valere
Kearney – Elaine Christensen as Elmire
North Platte – Benjamin Hill as Orgon
Roca – Connor Dudley as Tartuffe
Kansas City – Kenan Meadows as Police Officer
Kansas City – Christopher Miller as Madame Pernelle
Yokohama, Japan – Minori Yamayuchi as Flipote
Student Production Staff
Comstock – Taylor Ritz, Dramaturg
Hastings – Tanner Peshek, Stage Manager
Hastings – Taylor Hubbard, Assistant Stage Manager
Hastings – Brenna Leigh, Costume Designer
Humboldt – Anthony Knudson, Co-Sound Designer
Lincoln – Matthew Benes, Technical Director
St. Paul – Michael Cantrell, Props Master
Faculty/Artistic Team
Darin Himmerich, Scenic Designer
Del DeLorm, Lighting Designer
Anna Warda Alex, Co-Sound Designe


Source: Janice Froczak, 308.865.8670,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

Photos by Todd Gottula/UNK Communications

Head Shots courtesy of Kerri Garrison

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