July 24, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
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events_400x325_tartuffeMOLIÈRE’S TARTUFFE

July 24 – August 16, 2015
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm
Sunday @2pm

Directed by Tom Haine
Produced by Chris Powell

19th Annual Free Classics Series
Made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado

In Molière’s comedy classic, religious fraud, Tartuffe, fools the wealthy and naïve Orgon, who is ready to award him his daughter’s hand in marriage. But the wily, wicked “imposter” has his sights set on even loftier goals, such as seducing his host’s wife, ruining the family name and taking over the household.

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Meet the Cast

  • Jo Darlene Reardon: MME. Pernelle
  • Steven Jensen: Orgon
  • Kendra Truett: Elmire
  • Andrea Acuna: Mariane
  • Braulio Ramirez: Valere
  • Kyle Lord: Damis
  • Raymond Lynch: Cleante
  • Mark C. Petrich: Tartuffe
  • Vani Neel: Dorine
  • Samantha Schmidt: M. Loyal
  • Kellen Hoku Gold: Laurent,
  • Eric Hedberg: King’s Officer
  • Patty Fay: Flipote

The Playbill

Program is available here: Tartuffe Program


Photos will be here when available.


Download the press release here: Tartuffe Press Release

June 8, 2015

Coronado Playhouse presents Moliere’s Tartuffe 19th Annual Free Classics Series made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado July 24-August 16, 2015

The Free Classics tradition continues at Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, with an offering of French playwright Moliere’s classic comedy July 24-August 16, 2015. Tartuffe is a hilarious farce first banned in Paris in 1667 because of its cutting political and religious satire. Often subtitled, The Hypocrite, this French masterpiece centers on the title character who is an imposter invited into the home of a wealthy French family. Moliere intertwines a series of comical situations and unlikely events punctuated with betrayal, seduction and religious grandiosity.

The nobleman, Orgon, is deceived by Tartuffe who manipulates his host into believing he is a saintly devout man of religious faith. Blinded by the deception, Orgon sacrifices the well being of his wife and children in order to please his visitor. The sordid story reaches a climax with a disinherited son, a pending arranged marriage and the potential seduction of Orgon’s wife. In the end, good triumphs over evil and harmony is restored to the chaotic household.

Coronado Playhouse is the Community’s Theatre committed to using our public platform for quality entertainment and to help those in need. Throughout our season, we partner productions with established non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness. An annual grant from the City of Coronado allows us to present a classic play each year free to the public making theatre more accessible for educational purposes and pure enjoyment. We welcome donations

to help us meet our growing budget requirements and encourage supporters to purchase Coronado Playhouse memberships affording them benefits that include voting rights, free tickets, preferred seating and the opportunity to help us select our 2016 70th Anniversary season.

The production team includes Tom Haine (director), Chad Oakley (assistant director), Chris Powell (producer) and Patricia Lynch (text advisor).

The cast features Mark C. Petrich (Tartuffe), Steve Jensen (Orgon), JoDarlene Reardon (MME. Pernelle), Ray Lynch (Cleante), Kendra Truett (Elmire), Andrea Acuna (Marianne), Braulio Ramirez (Valere), Kyle Lord (Damis), Vani Neel (Dorine), Kellen Hoku Gold (Laurent), Samantha Schmidt (M.Loyal), Eric Hedberg (King’s Officer), Patty Fay (Flipote)

DATES: July 24-August 16, 2015
TIMES: Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

TICKETS: Free to the public with reservations required through our website. A limit of 6 tickets for person. There is no reserved seating with the exception of season ticket holders who must make their reservations through the box office.

Contact the Coronado Playhouse Box Office at 619-435-4856 or go to our website www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

Cast and production members are available for interviews and video opportunities. Still pictures of the production can also be provided. Please contact M.G. Perez for specific media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.


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Cast Bios

Andrea Acuna 08Andrea Acuna (Mariane) (Mariane) is thrilled to be making her Coronado Playhouse debut in the role of Mariane! Past roles include: The Waitress in Rhinoceros, Mrs. Beauregarde in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, and Bagshot in The Beaux’ Stratagem. Andrea earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts/Performance Studies at the University of San Diego.

Patti Fay 21Patty Fay (Flipote, Stage Manager) has been a technician, performer, and choreographer for over 50 years. Credits include Associate Producer for 84 Charing Cross Rd, Property Mistress for The Hallelujah Girls (Lamplighters), Stage Manager for Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star (Swedenborg Hall), Ensemble and Property Mistress in Spamalot, Ensemble in Carnival (CPH) and Choreographer/Ensemble for Bojo’s Place (CAT).

Eric Hedberg 03Eric Hedberg (King’s Officer) holds a BA in Anthropology from SDSU. He has appeared previously at CPH in Hamlet, Taming of the shrew, As You Like It, The Tempest, Inherit the Wind, The Odd Couple, Wait until Dark, Spider’s Web and Black Coffee. Other credits include Pull the CurtainMy Cousin Rachel (Lamplighters), and The Elephant ManOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (OnStage).

Kellen Hoku Gold 05Kellen Hoku Gold (Laurent) will receive her BA of Theatre Arts from SDSU next spring.  She earned her 1st degree black belt last June from Martial Arts America where she trains and teaches.  She is pursuing a career in fight choreography and stunt coordination in film and television.  Enjoy the show!

Steve Jensen 03Steve Jensen  (Orgon) has appeared in eleven CPH plays, most recently Romeo and Juliet and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Many plays elsewhere, including Edward II at Diversionary, Julius Caesar at New Village Arts, The Gondoliers at Lyric Opera SD, and The Tempest at Poor Players, all while teaching high school chemistry. Thanks to Yoshiko for her patience!

Ray Lynch 04Raymond Lynch (Cleante) Off-Broadway, Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum and others), regional Shakespeare festivals/repertory. Locally: Coronado’s Romeo and Juliet, Vanguard, Vista’s Broadway, and as Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony. First job: The Old Globe in a show directed by Craig Noel. Later cast by Sir Richard Attenborough in Robert Downy Jr.’s Chaplin. Television, film, commercials.

Kyle Lord 02Kyle Lord (Damis) As an avid Moliere fan, Kyle is excited to make his CPH debut in Tartuffe. He became enamored with the author after performing in The Reluctant Doctor at last year’s San Diego Fringe Festival. Credits include Balm in GileadPsycho Beach Party, and I Love You San Diego. He is grateful for this opportunity to work with such talented individuals.

Vani Neelakantan 14Vani Neel (Dorine) is elated to make her CPH debut. She has had a love of acting, singing, and dancing since childhood and has trained classically in singing. She has acted in musicals and one-act-plays on and off in her life, most recently in The Laramie Project (Chalice UU Congregation) in 2011. After a long hiatus, she is thrilled to be back on stage and looks forward to more.

Mark Petrich 07Mark C. Petrich (Tartuffe) MOXIE Theatre’s EnronComing AttractionsA Man, his Wife, and his HatTen Cent NightDevil Dog SixBleeding KansasDrink Me, and Expecting Isabel. Other credits: MacBeth (Intrepid Shakespeare), Charlie’s AuntThe FantastiksA Thousand ClownsBreaking Legs, and The Dresser (NCR); Hannah and Martin (Laterthanever Productions); Hamlet and Richard III (Sledgehammer) and Wizard of Oz (Starlight). Featured in the cult films Night Train to TerrorMarilyn Alive and Behind Bars, and Hello Jack.

Braulio Ramirez 09Braulio Ramirez (Valere) started acting three years ago in college. His first play was Dog Sees God in Berkeley, California, which proved a funny and moving interpretation of the Peanuts’ characters all grown up. He has not stopped acting since, and is very proud to be a part of this production.

Jo Darlene Reardon 03Jo Darlene Reardon (Mme. Pernelle) is making her Coronado Playhouse debut. She has performed in community theatre throughout San Diego County, independent short film projects and improvisational work. Recent credits include DJ Sullivan Players’ Calendar Girls as Jessie, and Vanguard Theatre’s The Sound of Music as Frau Schmidt. She teaches an acting workshop for seniors through “Oasis” and enjoys every minute of it.

Samantha Schmidt 07Samantha Schmidt (M. Loyal) is making her Coronado Playhouse debut. She has had a wonderful experience working with the cast and crew of this production and hopes that she gets more opportunities to collaborate with them. She is currently a Theatre Arts major with plans to transfer to a performing arts conservatory.

Kendra Truett 04Kendra Truett (Elmire) is an SD native with degrees in art and theater from SDSU and an MFA in Photography from AAUSF. She’s been in burlesque (aka BB Bazoomba- The House of Blues and The American Comedy Club) and bands all over the city. Recent credits include Laundry and Bourbon (Different Stages)Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (Lamplighters) and Chicken Fried Christmas (Off Broadway Live).

Creative Team

Photo by Tony EisenhowerTom Haine (Director) Prior Shakespeare productions include: Macbeth, King Lear, Cymbeline, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and The Tempest. Tom’s directing credits include King Lear, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, You Can’t Take It With You, Bury the Dead, and Dearly Departed. He has received classical acting training from the Old Globe’s Jonathan McMurtry, Dakin Matthews, and Brendon Fox. Tom, a government attorney by day, is also a 2010 graduate of the British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Oxford Program.

Chris Powell (Producer) is excited to be producing his first full production the Coronado Playhouse. He just got done being part of T. Fitzpatrick/B. Henzel Team on Sleeping Beauty. Other shows with this team are the award winning productions of TBLWIT, Grease, Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Dames at Sea and The IT Girl. Other shows include the critically acclaimed productions of Thrill Me!, YANK! The Musical, The Busy World is Hushed, Torch Song Trilogy, The New Century, Dooley and Corpus Christi (Diversionary Theatre).

Xavier Luevano (Lighting Design) Tartuffe is Xavier’s fifth full stage production as a designer. He has been designing lights for over thirteen years and works as a freelance stagehand around town. Currently he acts as a student mentor and theater assistant for Steele Canyon High School.

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