Teaming up with the pros: Theater department pairs with professional group

Members of the Lafayette College community got a bite of the Big Apple on Monday, when they performed “Tartuffe” Off-Broadway at Teatro Circulo.

The play, which was supposed to be performed last week, had to be rescheduled because of the cancellations due to the norovirus outbreak. The cast was supposed to have their final performance in New York, but it became their opening day.

“Tartuffe,” a comedy from the 17th century French playwright Molière, was done in collaboration with the Flux Theater Ensemble from New York and Lafayette College’s Theater Department.

Actress Kristin Curley ‘16 said that “getting to perform in New York was an incredibly exciting and memorable whirlwind” and “the audience was fantastic and we got to make our New York City debut.”

Stage manager Madeline Kraft ‘18 said that overall the experience has “connected the students to the professional world of theater” and the show in New York was an example of this.

Kraft added, “Throughout the process, the Flux Theater Ensemble members have given countless tips and ideas to the cast and crew members.”

Flux served as mentors for the students and assisted them throughout the preparation for the play.

Professor of Theater and the Theater Department Head Michael O’Neill said that “two of the designers with the company designed with Lafayette,” thus establishing the connection that provided this opportunity. O’Neill also said that the IDEAL Center on campus was able to assist in this endeavor, and that this allowed for other members of Lafayette not typically in theater get involved in the production.

“The project involved so many different constituencies in the college,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill also discussed how Flux’s residency at Lafayette involves more than just their presence in “Tartuffe.” Flux has a class with professor Mary Jo Lodge that students are taking this semester, as well.

“Tartuffe” had performances on March 16 and 17 in the Williams Center for the Arts Black Box Theater.

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