Tartuffe: A Newfoundland Adaptation


Molière’s comedy classic is ingeniously reimagined in Andy Jones’ hilarious adaptation, set in 1930s Newfoundland. The original Tartuffe, by France’s most celebrated comic playwright, is set in seventeenth-century Parisian high society during the reign of King Louis XIV. Jones’ Tartuffe, set in the home of a wealthy fish merchant on the South Coast of Newfoundland, is a blazingly funny exploration of religious hypocrisy, with a unique Newfoundland twist. Jones’ cadence and use of old Newfoundland turns of phrase are his trademark on page and stage, and they are effective in “Tartuffe.”

Author Bio

Andy Jones

Andy Jones is a performer, writer, and former member of the CODCO comedy troupe. He was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he co-founded the Resource Centre for the Arts at the L.S.P.U. Hall, co-writing, acting in, and directing many original productions.Among his numerous stage and film credits, Jones starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed the 1986 feature film, The Adventures of Faustus Bidgood. He has written five critically acclaimed one-man comedy shows, as well as Albert, a one-act play for one man and a budgie bird; The Lady with the Lapdog(a radical theatrical adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story); and the children’s plays The Queen of Paradise’s Garden, Jack Meets the Cat (co-written with the Sheila’s Brush collective) and Jack-Five-Oh (co-written with Philip Dinn). Jones also writes children’s books based on Newfoundland Folktales; Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves won the Winterset award in 2013.

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