February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Tartuffe

Tartuffe (a preacher)

Played by: Andy Jones

According to playwright Andy Jones: "In the original play, he is a schemer and planner. I made him seem to really believe in what he was preaching. He was frightened by himself and his sins. A real believer, but a weak person. Taking over Orgon's life just fell into his lap. He was a victim of his own greed and sexual impulses."


Orgon (Elmire's husband)

Played by: Joey Tremblay

According to playwright Andy Jones: "In Molière's version, Orgon came off as a fool. I wanted to rewrite him as a war hero and for the community to be surprised by his naïveté. I put Cleante in the war with him, so he could point out that the war affected Orgon. Lots of soldiers in World War I returned home with shell shock. This makes Orgon less of a fool. I also played up Orgon and Cleante's different reactions to the war – Orgon becomes religious; Cleante returns home an atheist."


Cleante (Orgon's brother-in-law)

Played by: Dmitry Chepovetsky

According to playwright Andy Jones: "I put Cleante in the war with Orgon, so he could point out that the war affected Orgon. Lots of soldiers in World War I returned home with shell shock. This makes Orgon less of a fool. I also played up Orgon and Cleante's different reactions to the war – Orgon becomes religious; Cleante returns home an atheist."


Elmire (Orgon's wife)

Played by: Christine Brubaker

According to playwright Andy Jones: "I made Elmire a bit feistier than in Molière's version, but she was already a strong character. I wanted to emphasize the fact that she is in love with Orgon. She's more modern than in the original. I made her much less of a victim of her class than a woman would have been at the time. Most women at that time would have been dependent on their husbands for financial support."


Mariane (Orgon's daughter)

Played by: Leah Doz

According to playwright Andy Jones: "Another thing I had to change for 1939 was to make Mariane feistier than in Molière's version. At the time, Orgon could not demand that Mariane marry Tartuffe. Instead, he linked it to her inheritance. She chooses poverty. I also wanted her to be close to her father, and be able to speak up to him."


Dorine (the family's hired maid)

Played by: Petrina Bromley

According to playwright Andy Jones: "I also developed Dorine's character, and made her from the Irish Catholic community on the Southern Shore. There was a big Protestant/Catholic division in Newfoundland for a long time. By writing Dorine as Catholic, she was able to speak Latin, she could be a true outsider (and make the household a bit nervous) and she could also ‘see’ their world through the lens of an outsider."


Madame Pernelle (Orgon's mother)

Played by: Quancetia Hamilton

She is a devout supporter of Tartuffe right up until the very end of the play.


Damis (Orgon's son)

Played by: Eric Davis


Valere (Mariane's fiancé)

Played by: David Coomber

A young man; in love with Mariane.


Monsieur Loyal (the bailiff)

Played by: Sheldon Elter


Officer

Played by: Sheldon Elter

A member of the highly respected rural "Ranger" force


Flipote

Played by: Eliza-Jane Scott

Madame Pernelle's maid

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