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Belmont University | Belief in Something Greater

2010-2011 Season

Tartuffe
by Jean Baptiste Molière translated by Richard Wilbur - Troutt Theater
The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe—a fraud and a pious imposter—has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property. He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property, free Monsieur Orgon and haul Tartuffe off to jail. And so his duplicity is finally exposed and punished. But not before the author has mercilessly examined 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 despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

“A sparkling version of one of the great comedies of the French Theater. A resounding success in its production by the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center. "…an astonishingly delightful romp…" —NY Post.

Bunraku Theatre
Troutt Theater
33 Variations
by Moisés Kaufman - Black Box Theater
A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

"You don't have to know Beethoven from Bach to find yourself thoroughly absorbed by the theatricality with which Kaufman has tied a historic event—the legendary mystery surrounding one of Beethoven's compositions—to a drama about a fatally ill Beethoven scholar, her relationship with her daughter and the daughter's burgeoning romance." —CurtainUp.
Eurydice
by Sarah Ruhl - Troutt Theater – Collaboration with Actors Bridge
In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

"RHAPSODICALLY BEAUTIFUL. A weird and wonderful new play - an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory.” The New York Times
The Government Inspector
The Black Box Theater
The corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Mayor, react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector (the revizor) will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. The flurry of activity to cover up their considerable misdeeds is interrupted by the report that a suspicious person has arrived two weeks previously from Saint Petersburg and is staying at the inn. That person, however, is not an inspector; it is Khlestakov, a foppish civil servant with a wild imagination.

“Universally recognized as one of the greatest European comedies of the 19th century, this high spirited and keen witted satire on official crookedness and human stupidity remains fresh on stages throughout the world, where it continues to play as one of the most genial creations of the theatre.” – Samuel French
Dance Performance
The Troutt Theatre
The annual Dance Production will offer a dance style for everyone including, ballet, modern, tap, jazz as well as cameos from the professional dance community. The Dance Performance will fill the Troutt Stage with students performing original work and showcasing new technique.
Theatre Extravaganza
This year-end recital by the Department of Theatre and Dance will feature The Happy Prince. Written by School of Music faculty member Deen Entsminger, the performance will feature the Chamber Singers and modern dance.