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Sept. 17, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University theatre department will present the timeless and provocative satire of hypocrisy and false piety, Tartuffe, in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Friday, Oct. 12–Sunday, Oct. 14.

Tartuffe is Moliere’s comic masterpiece of wit and satire. He pokes fun at the human foibles of false piety, foolish pride, stubbornness, hypocrisy, and greed; but he also rejoices in the virtues of reason, common sense, and true piety.

Today, when much of the world struggles with the issues of separation of church and state and the terrorism of religious zealots, Moliere’s hilarious satire seems amazingly relevant.

This production of Tartuffe, directed by theatre department faculty member David Gardiner, is part of Viterbo’s Bright Star Season. Tartuffe, in this translation by Ranjit Bolt, was first performed at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival with Libby Appel, artistic director, and Paul Nicholson, executive director.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12–13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Tartuffe is sponsored by the Lukasek Family Endowment. Tickets are $17 for main floor, $16 for lower balcony, and $13 for upper balcony seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo University box office at 608-796-3100 or

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