BIT Closes Fall Semester with
West Texas A&M University’s Branding Iron Theatre will close out its fall season with the humor and hypocrisy of Moliere’s Tartuffe at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 17-20 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.
Stephen Crandall will make his WTAMU directing debut as WTAMU’s new assistant professor of theatre as he leads the 12-member cast through Moliere’s five-act comedy. Moliere wrote the play in 1664, but much of his satirical insights ring true today in this Richard Wilbur translation.
“I think the play represents Moliere’s satirical views of hypocrisy and fanaticism, two conditions that certainly existed in his day,” Crandall said. “On one hand we have the ‘imposter’ Tartuffe masquerading as a virtuous crusader, and on the other we have Orgon who is blindly convinced of Tartuffe’s saintliness, and takes extreme actions to punish his family for their lack of ‘faith’ in Tartuffe.
“It’s a very funny story about serious human weaknesses, and reminds me of some of the political satire that we’re seeing today. Sometimes comedy helps us see the truth in things.”
Tickets for Tartuffe are priced at $10 each for reserved seating and $7 for senior citizens. For more information, call the BIT box office at 806-651-2804. Box office hours are 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday two weeks before the opening of a production and from 2:30 p.m. to curtain time on the evenings of performances.