Lithuanian theater presents Moliere satire
The Lithuanian National Drama Theater will present a new drama production based on Moliere’s satire “Tartuffe” at the Daning Theater on July 20.
The play tells the story of Tartuffe, a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Tartuffe enters Orgon’s home under the premise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs — yet he almost ends up destroying it. Fortunately, Elmire, Orgon’s wife, sees through Tartuffe’s wicked hypocrisy and exposes him.
The play, produced by Oskaras Korsunovas, will be staged with both English and Chinese subtitles on screens at each side of the theater. In the director’s eyes, Tartuffe is a social climber and pragmatist who will go to any length to achieve his goals. He is also an expert in public relations.
“In the new production, I do not intend to comply with the classicist unities: There will be textual as well as effectual surprises,” said Korsunovas. “Moliere dictated interesting staging conditions. The author is sharp and shrewd.”
The history of the Lithuanian National Drama Theater began in October of 1940, when the play “Hope” by Dutch playwright Herman Heijermans was performed.
The company presents a wide variety of genres, and its repertoire comprises classical, modern and Lithuanian playwriting.
Since 2005, the company has organized the national drama festival “Versme” (The Fount). It is the culmination of a playwriting competition with participants coming from all over the country. The festival has helped to promote the development of Lithuanian dramaturgy and raise the interest of theater professionals.
Date: July 20, 7:30pm
Tickets: 80-680 yuan
Venue: Daning Theater, 1222 Pingxingguan Rd