Owens Presents 'Tartuffe' by Moliere

Posted Mar 31st, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Arts & Entertainment


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Drama and suspense will serve as the theatrical focus in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre as Owens Community College presents the student production of “Tartuffe,” April 8-9 and 15-17.

The first of several performances will occur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the College’s Mainstage Theatre. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is excited to present such an extremely well-known theatrical production, featuring the talents of so many Owens students,” said Dr. Doug Mead, Owens Chair of Fine and Performing Arts. “‘Tartuffe’ was written by arguably France’s most celebrated comic playwrights in Moliere. Attendees will certainly enjoy the ever-changing storyline, which is full of many surprises.”

Written by Moliere, “Tartuffe” tells the story about how a pious imposter almost succeeds in his plot to jail a naïve friend and his family and thereby cheat them out of their home. Internationally recognized as one of the classic comedies of the French theatre, the production mercilessly examines the evil that men can commit in the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe.

The cast of “Tartuffe” is comprised of students and alumni from Owens and the theatrical production is directed by Owens Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts Jeremy Meier. Owens alumna Catherine Bonham of Ottawa will serve as dramaturg, while Owens students Evan Koontz of Lincoln, Neb., and Diane Schroeder of Sylvania will hold the positions of stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

Students involved in the production as cast members include Megan Wasserman of Clyde, Deidra Gehr of Toledo, Matthew Johnston of Maumee, Zack Doane of Bowling Green, Jordan Jarvis of Perrysburg, Mallory Myers of Whitehouse, Andy Sweney of Perrysburg, John Toth of Toledo, Staci McMillan of Dundee, Mich., Rachael Mendieta of Bowling Green, John Stewart of Maumee and Esteban Vega of Toledo.

“Tartuffe” will be performed April 8-9 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will also occur on Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information, call the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

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