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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

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. Much like MSTW’s 2012 contemporary setting of The Taming of the Shrew (21st century New Jersey), MSTW will be putting a contemporary spin on Tartuffe, a story that was written 350 years ago, but is still so relevant to our times. The author has mercilessly examined the evil that men can commit under the guise of religious fervor, and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Join us as we take a comedic look at how easily people are deceived, and how easy it is to see the foolishness in others, but not ourselves. Tartuffe opens at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre June 20th and runs thru July 19tht.

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

Sherlock’s Last Case 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.

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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