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Tartuffe, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, was produced at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2019. The produced was a take on the classic French play, but in a modern setting. I decided to mirror this in the music.


I researched baroque music and pulled out some characteristics: minimal but continuous rhythmic drive, single melodic idea, orchestral elements, abrupt shifts from loud to soft by adding/subtracting instruments, and a single piece reflecting a single mood, expression, or feeling. I felt these elements could easily be adapted for a 21st century Tartuffe. I created transition pieces using beats, harpsichord, strings, and synths. This fusion was effective in representing the time period while also paying homage to the roots of the play.

Elmire tricks Tartuffe into revealing his true nature to Orgon, but it is too late.

Mariane states that regardless of her father's decision, she will marry no one but Valére.

Cleante pressures Orgon with the question of Mariane's impending marriage but Orgon leaves without giving an answer.

Damis accuses Tartuffe of falsehood, but Orgon believes Tartuffe. He banishes and disinherits Damis and promises to name Tartuffe as his heir.

Damis argues that Tartuffe has fooled his father into believing he is a pious man.

Orgon regains the hold of his house and announces his intention to prepare a wedding for Mariane and Valére.

Director: Lucie Tiberghien

Scenic Designer: CJ Howard

Lighting Designer: Caitlin Rapoport Smith

Costume Designer: Jessica Harrison

Sound Designer: Megan Culley

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