‘Tartuffe’, the representative comedy of French playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin, more widely known as Molière, has been reproduced by Lithuanian theater director Oskaras Korsunovas and is going to be staged at Guangzhou Opera House on July 10th and 11th, forming part of the 2019 Guangzhou Art Festival.
A poster of Molière’s comedy ‘Tartuffe’ by Lithuanian National Drama Theatre [Photo: Guangzhou Opera House]
The play depicts a sanctimonious scoundrel Tartuffe who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family. Elmire, Orgon’s wife, sees through Tartuffe’s wicked hypocrisy and exposes him.
The deception of Tartuffe takes place not only inside the content of the play, when Tartuffe makes a fool of Orgon, but also in its form, with the actors playing with the audience. The green labyrinth created by Vytautas Narbutas creates a backdrop for the theatrical action that easily turns the concept of actors and the director into a comedy.
A stage photo of Molière’s comedy ‘Tartuffe’ by Lithuanian National Drama Theatre [Photo: Guangzhou Opera House]
About Director Oskaras KORŠUNOVAS
Oskaras Koršunovas began his career as a theatre director in 1994 at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he obtained his master’s degree in directing. For his work, Oskaras received the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts in 2002, the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities in 2002, the Meyerhold Prize in 2010 and national Golden Cross Award on three separate occasions: 2004, 2011 and 2012. He has produced and directed over 70 plays, and has participated in festivals worldwide including the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival and the Festival d’Avignon.
About Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
The story of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre began on the 6th of October, 1940, when the play “Hope” by Dutch playwright Herman Heijermans was performed in the then Vilnius State Theatre on Basanaviciaus St. 13. The main visual motif of the play – a fisher’s boat – has become the emblem of the National Theatre. Since 2005, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre has organized the national drama festival “Versmė” (The Fount), with the aim of promoting the development of Lithuanian dramaturgy, and arousing the interest of both theatre professionals and the cereal public alike in national playwriting.
A stage photo ofMolière’s comedy ‘Tartuffe’ by Lithuanian National Drama Theatre [Photo: Guangzhou Opera House]
Time: 7:30 pm, Wednesday-Thursday, July 10th-11th, 2019
Ticket: RMB 80, 180, 280, 380, 480
Venue: Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House
Add.: No. 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Nearby metro station: Zhujiang New Town, Line 3 or 5
* Duration: 110mins (without intermission)
* Performed in Lithuanian with both Chinese and English subtitles
* Note: Suitable for children over 14 years. Children under 1.2 meters aren’t allowed to attend.
Author: Monica Liu
Editor: Simon Haywood