Tartuffe

Written by Molière

Translated by Christopher Hampton

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Theatre Co.

 

Designers

Scenic- Samantha Burns

Costumes- Chalise Ludlow

Lighting- Jeff Davis

ABOUT: The set’s shiny pink curtains, green carpet and rubber ferns transport the audience to a not-so-distant past, stirring up memories of a 1990s Southern church. Inspired by my childhood memories, I reframed the context of the action to the Southern gospel scene. By recontextualizing the piece in the 1990s, we experience the play within three temporalities: the 17th-century, the 1990s and the present. The centuries-old play about hypocrisy becomes more accessible in this familiar setting; many have personal associations with places like this, so the hypocrisy of all the characters becomes immediately clear.