Seton Hill University Theatre Presents “Tartuffe” November 14-22
The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program will present the comedy “Tartuffe” by Molière in a new verse version by Constance Congdon November 14-22 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. A reception catered by Parkwood Inn follows the opening night performance on November 14. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online.
When the gullible patriarch Orgon falls under the persuasive spell of the “devout” Tartuffe, hilarious family plotting ensues. Tartuffe has designs on the family fortune, Orgon’s daughter and Orgon’s wife. Molière’s classic comedy, updated to the present day and set in Orange County, Calif., takes an unflinching look at religious hypocrisy.
Performances: November 14, 15, 20, 21, 22: 8 p.m.; November 16: 2 p.m.
The Seton Hill student cast of “Tartuffe” includes: Layne Bailey of Wexford, Pa.; Ryan Bartos of West Leisenring, Pa.; Elena Falgione of Glenshaw, Pa.; Tabbitha Gordon of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Lauren Grasser of Johnstown, Pa.; DeShaun Herzog of Titusville, Pa.; Patrick “P.J.” McMahon of Gibsonia, Pa.; Joshua Reardon of McMurray, Pa.; Katelynn Reist of Cleona, Pa.; Kelsey Riker of Douglassville, Pa.; Adam Sarp of Latrobe, Pa.; and Veronica Vento of West Homestead, Pa.
The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Jade Festa of New Kensington, Pa., assistant stage manager; Jena Grgurich of Pittsburgh, Pa., dresser; Zuri Hodge of Verona, Pa., wardrobe manager; Jessica Hyland of Chemung, N.Y., costume prep manager; Hannah Kirschner of North East, Pa., lighting board operator; Tyler Kluck of Pittsburgh, Pa., lighting designer; Jayna Kovel of Greensburg, Pa.; house manager; Lindsey Lawrence of Carnegie, Pa., dresser; Gregory Messmer of Jefferson Hills, Pa., master electrician; Elaine Montgomery of Trafford, Pa., hair and makeup supervisor; Abigail Sarnacki of Lake Orion, Mich.; stage manager; Courtney Seibert of Chambersburg, Pa., assistant stage manager; William Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa., assistant to the costume designer; and Justin Taylor of Bronx, N.Y., dresser.
Seton Hill Theatre’s production of “Tartuffe” is directed by Denise Pullen, associate professor of theatre. Professional artistic staff for the production includes Ken Clothier, assistant professor of theatre, sound coordinator and lighting designer; Melinda Eshelman, adjunct instructor of theatre, costume design; Karen Glass, assistant professor of theatre, scene designer; and Vincent Lobello, technical director.
Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre and Dance performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas: the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.
Ticket Information: Single admission tickets are $16. Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5. Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13. Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID). Groups of six or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $11 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online, by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599. Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.
Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional. The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics. The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.
The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program has a long history of educating performing arts majors for professional careers while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus. Seton Hill’s Theatre and Dance Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) and two dance productions each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum. For more information on the Theatre and Dance Program at Seton Hill, please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 724-552-2934.