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2014 > Tartuffe|The Golden State

Main Street Theatre Works' 2014 summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre offers contemporary laughs inspired by the classic playwright Moliere - the "Seven Deadly Sins" have never been funnier. See below for each play's synopsis. and click here for tickets and directions.

Tartuffe
By Moliere
Translated by Richard Wilbur

Tartuffe While the "seven deadly sins" are deemed "no laughing matter," sometimes humor is the best way to get the message across. French playwright, Moliere, used humor to bring not only the sins to light, but the reprocussions of them. Tartuffe was first performed in 1664 and was almost immediately banned by powerful members of the Catholic Church in France. In 1963, U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur translated Tartuffe into English verse. MSTW first produced this play in 2002, when they were at the Sutter Creek Theatre, and this summer will reprise this classic at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Director Scott Adams is setting the play at the turn of the 19th century, in the New Orleans French Quarter, so bring out your Mardi Gras beads and come have some fun under the stars. Tartuffe opens at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre June 20th and runs thru July 19th.

*Photograph by Barry Wisdom

Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, Jackson
Fridays and Saturdays June 20th thru July 19th
$17.50 General Admission - $12 Students 18 & Under
$49 Family Package (2 General Admission; 2 Students)
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnicking. Show at 8pm.
Suggested items to bring: picnic dinner, wine, jacket (for cool summer evenings), blanket, low-back chair (provided by MSTW for season ticket holders), and mosquito repellant.

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The Golden State
By Lauren Wilson

Golden State The second show for the 2014 Summer Season is Laura Wilson’s reinvention of another Moliere classic, The Miser, this time brought to present-day Southern California, where things aren’t what they seem in The Golden State. Gertrude Hopper rules over her children and servants with an iron fist, and has her fists clenched tightly around her money. She’s such a miser that she’s had the lightbulbs removed from the house to cut back on the electric bill. Her servants are illegal immigrants, so she doesn’t have to pay them a fair wage, and she has some outrageous plans for her two grown children in order to gain yet more money. But best laid plans for this "Mommy Dearest" are challenged by her children’s desperate bid for love and freedom from her oppression in this hilarious look at greed, lust, and several other "deadly sins." The Golden State runs August 8th thru September 6th. *Rated PG-13 for mature language and humor.

Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, Jackson
Fridays and Saturdays August 8th thru September 6th
$17.50 General Admission - $12 Students 18 & Under
$49 Family Package (2 General Admission; 2 Students)
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnicking. Show at 8pm.
Suggested items to bring: picnic dinner, wine, jacket (for cool summer evenings), blanket, low-back chair (provided by MSTW for season ticket holders), and mosquito repellant.

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