French Theater: Tartuffe
Bonjour! For all interested in diving into French language and culture, Theater is one of the best ways to do so! Those who took part in our Reading group last year of Le Petit Prince (which we read from start to finish) were promised a theater piece for our next reading. Pardon the delay (it’s been a crazy couple of months in the pandemic) but here we go:
This Spring, let’s courageously play with the famous and culturally paramount French theatrical comedy by Molière: TARTUFFE ou L’IMPOSTEUR!
“Tartuffe is a sanctimonious scoundrel 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.”
RECOMMENDATION: use a dual-language version of the text. You can find one HERE.
Our meetings are for the pleasure of sharing the reading, role-playing, and communicating in the language with the support of the text. These meetings are not for diverging into grammar lessons. However, you are encouraged to use the text to pursue your grammar questions outside of the meetings. Prior classes with me or general familiarity with French pronunciation is helpful but all levels are welcome.
We will meet virtually 1 x week for an estimated 10 weeks and read/act out-loud together selections from our assigned reading each week.
The language of Tartuffe is written with poetic rhythm and rhyme and its melodic nature facilitates memorization of French vocabulary and greater familiarity with the music of the language.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I have been lazy with my French since our book club ended so I also look forward to this linguistic adventure. 🙂
Cost $12 / class
REGISTRATION via the Meetup group:
* Zoom link provided upon registration.
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