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In classical dramaturgy, the larger and richer the text, the more aspects in it speak to the modern audience. I’m most interested in the theme that Molière talks about in the foreword to the play – hypocrisy. He knows how to show us the hypocrisy within ourselves and gives us the strength to laugh about it. A vice is a vice, we all know that. The best way to overcome vices in Molière’s day, and nowadays, is to prove how ridiculous they are. To show that deception is comical and hypocrisy is funny. Imposters submit to reproach, they’re ready to admit that they are bad, but most of all, they don’t want to be ridiculed!

In 2000, I directed “Tartuffe” at the Institute of Humanities as the students’ diploma work. I knowingly didn’t go back to the notes I took back then. I want to approach this play anew. But I’m still interested in the themes of sincere devotion and false piety. Hypocrisy in those things is the most unpleasant (and difficult). Pope Francis writes on the same theme, stating that we don’t need Christians who play at being a Christian. It is so much easier to look honest and holy than to actually live an honest life and strife towards holiness.

Absolution is an important issue for Molière.

We are not placing the play in modern circumstances, but rather interpreting the text as modern people. We are trying to bring the text alive for the modern audience.

Lembit Peterson

Premiere on October 4, 2015 in the large theatre hall. 

Director Lembit Peterson (Theatrum)
Art Director Lilja Blumenfeld (guest)
Lighting Designer Triin Suvi
Movement Coach Tiina Mölder (guest)
Musical Designer Marius Peterson (Theatrum)

Cast Maria Klenskaja, Rein Oja, Liina Olmaru (guest), Uku Uusberg, Robert Annus, Mari-Liis Lill, Indrek Sammul, Marius Peterson (Theatrum), Hilje Murel, Tõnu Aav or Aleksander Eelmaa, Tarmo Song (Theatrum).

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage