SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Theatre Arts Department actors will perform the 1664 comedic play Tartuffe by Moliere Nov. 30 through Dec. 9.

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present Moliere’s classic comedy, Tartuffe, or The Imposter, beginning Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 9.
Show times are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. An additional 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 8. A preview will be held Thursday, Nov. 29.
French playwright Moliere, whose real name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, wrote “Tartuffe” in 1664, which follows the comical antics of a dysfunctional family up-in-arms because they have fallen under the influence of a religiously pious fraud and a vagrant mooch.
The play, written in 12-syllable lines (alexandrines) of rhyming couplets, has been produced thousands of times throughout the world, and continues to be highly popular nearly five centuries later.
Following the first performance at Versailles in 1664, King Louis XIV reportedly censored the play almost immediately, possibly due to the influence of the Archbishop of Paris, Paul Philippe Hardouin de Beaumont de Perefixe, who was the king’s confessor and had been his tutor.
Tickets range from $12 to $15, plus a service charge, and can be purchased by calling (310) 434-4319 or online at www.smc.edu/eventsinfo. Admission is $3 higher at the door. Preview tickets are $8. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends.

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