PLAYWRIGHT GERALD MURPHY
TALKS ABOUT "TARTUFFE IN TEXAS"
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?
A.: You can't go wrong with Moliere's plot, but I thought changing the language to a simpler American vernacular would make this French genius much more accessible to modern audiences.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: My favorite part is when the husband hides under the table while Tartuffe is wooing his wife just above him. It was a great sight gag when the show was first performed in 1664 in France, and it still works today.
Q.: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A.: My main interest in adapting this play was to create a show that was entertaining for the audience and exciting for the performers. Also, this show is educational in that it introduces people to one of Moliere's classic comedies.