August 5th through August 28th, 2011
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm
Sunday matinees on August 14, 21 & 28 at 2pm


Tickets are $25 Adults
$20 for Seniors over 65, Students, Educators, and Military (with ID)
$10 for TPS Members with membership card

Written in 1664 by French playwright, Molière, this satire of religious quackery was censored by King Louis XIV and the French Roman Catholic Church.  In this rollicking comedy, Tartuffe, is a haughty, self-righteous phony that inveigles his way into Orgon’s wealthy household. Not content with robbing his host blind in the name of the Almighty, Tartuffe also attempts to seduce the lady of the house. Will everything be lost? Will Tartuffe’s hypocrisy be revealed and Orgon’s family redeemed? When Tartuffe was originally presented, the satire was so pointed that Molière was forced to shoehorn in a scene showing Tartuffe's punishment at the hands of the authorities--the best possible way of distancing Tartuffe's fraudulent piety with the real-life power abuses then being perpetrated by the Church. In spite of its tumultuous beginnings Tartuffe has become an enduring classic whose rhyming couplets, wickedly colorful characters, and story crafted in the style of the commedia dell’arte will thoroughly charm and delight.  

MEET THE CAST

Jesse Putnam (Cleante) is delighted to be part of SecondStory Repertory’s production of Tartuffe and especially thrilled to work with this wonderful cast. Jesse has performed in several regional plays, most recently as Bill in SecondStory’s production of On Golden Pond.  Also a writer, Jesse’s most recent play, Super Tuesday, ran at Burien Little Theatre in April. Jesse thanks the cast and crew for their camaraderie and a special thanks to Jen and Mark here at SecondStory – the hardest working theater people I have met!

Alysha Curry (Mariane) is so thrilled and thankful to be performing at SecondStory Repertory with such a talented director and cast! Favorite recent credits include Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean! (Woman seeking...a theatre company) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Renton Civic Theater.) She studied theater at Seattle Pacific University and wishes to thank Taproot Theatre for their ongoing support and encouragement. Alysha is a proud company member of Woman seeking...a theatre company. [Love to Geb.]

Kelsey Shapira (Servant) is thrilled to be working with SecondStory for the first time on this production of Tartuffe. She was last seen in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Twelfth Night Productions. Kelsey is studying for a BFA in acting at Marymount Manhattan College, and is an alum of both the Young Actor Institute at Seattle Children’s Theatre and the Cherub program at Northwestern University. High school acting credits include productions of The Trojan Women, Oklahoma!, Jack or the Submission, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

John Clark (Orgon) is very glad to be back at SSR after having appeared as Antonio in last year’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. John has been hanging around the Seattle theater scene for, well, quite some time now. He has acted, directed, juggled/clowned, and designed at many places including; Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Sq, Empty Space, The Bathhouse, Village Theatre,  Stone Soup, Driftwood,  and Virginia City Players. Favorite roles include: Mozart in AMADEUS, Ellard in THE FOREIGNER, Rosencrantz in ROSENCREANTZ AND GUILDENSTER ARE DEAD and HAMLET, Hortensio in TAMING OF THE SHEW, Dromio of Syracuse in COMEDY OF ERRORS, Clov in ENDGAME, Dr. Chausible in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Leo in A THOUSAND CLOWNS, and The Old Man in FOOL FOR LOVE. John has also served as Technical Director for Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre (CLO) and Seattle University. Hats off to the crew and this very talented cast.

Parker Matthews (Flipote/M. Loyal, Officer) has done some things of worth in his life. He's also been an actor. Matthews leads the wild, enviable, and highly lucrative life of a social worker/teacher/psychologist/actor, all of which promise him fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams  (Matthews has very little imagination, so his wildest dreams of fame and fortune are rather small).  In addition to small imagination and lack of chutzpah (among other things), Matthews has a piece of paper that says he is a Theater/Psychology graduate of Whitworth University.  Also, he has freshly completed a 10-month intensive program through Freehold Theatre, and now is attempting to remember how to have a social life.  And friends. He is accepting applications. Lastly, Matthews has been in other plays, some of which were pretty okay.  A few examples are Pericles (Freehold Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Handwritten Productions), Macbeth (Guild of Misguided Professionals), and others.  He also has produced two one-man shows and is currently working on a project based on interviews with refugees who now live in the Seattle area.

Rosalynn Le (Elmire) thinks wearing corsets is kind of fun, so she is thrilled to be back at SecondStory in this production of Tartuffe. She most recently appeared as Hero in SecondStory's February production of Much Ado About Nothing. Some of her favorite roles include Lady Nijo in Top Girls, Florence in Waiting for Lefty and Chloe in Arcadia. She received much of her theater training at Freehold Theatre and is a graduate of their Meisner progression. Rosalynn would like to thank her family and friends for being incredibly inspiring and wonderfully supportive.    

Meredith Armstrong (Elmire) Meredith Armstrong performs around the greater Seattle area as an actor and a bellydancer (www.fuzzymonkeys.com). She holds a BA in Theater Arts from Western Washington University and completed post-graduate study with The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. This is her debut with SSR and she's glad to be working with so many great people. Some of her favorite past roles include Mercutio in the all-female Romeo & Juliet (Hose & Britches); Catherine in Proof and Alais in The Lion in Winter (Renton Civic Theatre); and Katherine in Henry V (GreenStage). Favorite future roles include La Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaison Dangereuses; Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia; and The Fool in King Lear. Please contact her when you're ready to start rehearsals. When not performing, she works behind the scenes as a dialect coach on such shows as Frost/Nixon; The Lion in Winter; Jane Eyre, The Musical; A Shayna Maidel; and many others. Outside the theater, she writes fiction, climbs rock walls, and spends more time watching Disney Channel than anyone with no children should. She enjoys good food, good scotch, and good times with her hubby, friends, and kitties. Love to Erik, Astrid, and Gunnar!

Jody McCoy (Madame Pernelle) looks forward to performing again for the first time on the new/old stage at SSR. Last seen at SSR as Ouiser in Steel Magnolia and at Arts West as Madam in Emilie, Jody depends on the kindness of directors to keep her off the streets and away from TV. It is most appropriate to give thanks to Corey and Jen for transcending communication and calendar conundrums of farcical proportions to give Jody the privilege of auditioning and the joy of performing. The Bush School keeps Jody solvent as she instructs and assists K-3rd grade in the library. The Friends of Jody McCoy attempt to keep her humble while Lily, her geriatric housemate, fills in as social secretary. Life is good when you are easily amused.

James Weidman (Tartuffe) is delighted to be making his SecondStory debut.  This year James has acted in 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, Duel of The Linguist Mages at Annex, Hearts Are Monsters with Macha Monkey and Love Horse at Washington Ensemble Theatre.  He also had the pleasure of directing Epic Proportions at Everett Community College.  This fall James will be appearing in Wayne Rawley's Live! From the Last Night of My Life at Theater Schmeater.

James Lynch (Servant) is thrilled to be working at SecondStory again with Corey and many of his friends.  Past shows include Much Ado About Nothing (SecondStory Rep), These Walls Can Talk (Stone Soup), Oklahoma (Kings Players), Thunderbolts and Dunderheads (Redwood Theatre),  and Dark of the Moon (Arts West).  James is a student at Shoreline Community College through the Running Start program and plans to transfer to Cornish or SPU and major in Theater Arts.   This one's for Grandma Fran and Grandpa Jim, I miss you both but I know you're watching over me and for Grandpa Fred; thanks for driving 787 miles to see me do what I love most. 

John Mallory (Damis) John is thrilled to be doing his production at the SecondStory Repertory. He has previously been seen as Scrooge in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and Demetrius in Arne Zaslove's 1950's rock musical version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Burien Little Theatre. He also was the drama club adviser for Evergreen High School in White Center where he directed several shows including I Hate Hamlet and The Mousetrap. Originally a good-old Midwestern boy, John graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in English education and also frequently acted in their Theater Department productions including playing the king's messenger in Tartuffe and the corrupt Senator Hedges in Born Yesterday. He would like to thank his fiance Deirdre for all her loving support. 

Chazz Kaskes (Valere) is most excited to perform with SecondStory for the first time. Seen in various roles around the Eastside, such as Daisy (Baby with the Bathwater), Jesus (Odd Couple the female version), Gary (Noises Off) and many others, he has relished in the high-brow flavor needed for Valere. He can also be found improvising with Unexpected Productions and Stone Tablet Improv. Chazz wishes you to all enjoy the show and come again, to see the silliness evolve and unfold with you!

PRODUCTION TEAM

Corey McDaniel (Director) Corey is very happy to return to SSR after recently directing the winter production of Much Ado About Nothing.  His more recent directing credits in the Seattle area include Man of La Mancha, Once Upon a Mattress, Saving Juliet, Arcadia, Comedy of Errors and last summer’s GreenStage tour of Romeo and Juliet.  Corey is grateful for the experience of working again with SSR and this top notch cast and crew. 



   

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