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Main Street Theatre Works re-casts 'Tartuffe'

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Via Press Release
06/14/2014 11:32 AM

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Main Street Theatre Works announces a re-casting of its lead character in Tartuffe. “Due to an unforeseen illness of our previously cast Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), we were forced to recast our lead actor two weeks before we open. We are fortunate to have Mark Manske, who lives in the Bay Area, available to take over the role. Manske has years of experience and brings unbelievable talent and accessibility to the role. We are fortunate to have him step in on such short notice,” says MSTW Artistic Director, Susan McCandless. Tartuffe opens next Friday, June 20 and runs Friday and Saturday nights,  thru July 19th. Doors open at 6:30 for picnics; show starts at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their picnic dinners, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located on North Main Street in Jackson, next to the Country Squire Motel.


The story takes place in the wealthy home of Orgon (Jim Lane), where the pious imposter, Tartuffe (Mark Manske), has been welcomed in. Tartuffe easily wins the respect and devotion of both Orgon, and his mother, Madame Pernelle (Hazel Johnson), as he tries to marry Orgon’s daughter Marianne (Sara Matsui-Colby) while seducing Orgon’s wife, Elmire (Amanda Goldrick). But the maid, Dorine (Julie Anchor), Orgon’s son Damis (Matt Kozak) and Elmire’s brother Cleante (Shane Galloway) are onto the scoundrel and hilarity ensues as supreme justice is served. 


French playwright, Moliere, used humor to examine the prevalence of religious zeal and hypocrisy in the 17th century, and after Tartuffe was first performed in 1664, it was banned almost immediately by powerful members of the Catholic Church in France for it’s wicked satire, still relevant and engaging to modern audiences. In 1963, U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur translated Tartuffe into English verse, which is the version MSTW will be presenting this summer. MSTW first produced Tartuffe in 2002 at the Sutter Creek Theatre, and this summer will reprise this classic at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Director Scott Adams sets the play in the late 1700s, in the New Orleans French Quarter, so bring out your Mardi Gras beads and enjoy some classic comedy under the stars. 


Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented, rural theatre company performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in its 19th season, and the 11th 

at the amphitheatre, MSTW continues its dedication to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences. An ensemble of gifted actors, directors, and designers lend their vision and skills to create rich seasons of comedy and drama.


The setting for the amphitheatre is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across an old bridge, onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions from Main Street Theatre Works, awarded in 2012 as “Best Theatre Company in the Motherlode.” 



Performance Dates and Times

Fridays and Saturdays

Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics; Show starts at 8:00pm

June 20st  – July 19th 

Ticket Prices

Adults - $17.50

Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00

Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $49.00


Tickets available at the gate, at Hein & Company in downtown Jackson, or on line at

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