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Slipstream moves Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ to Detroit February 23–March 18

Preview February 13, 2018 Encore Staff

FERNDALE—Slipstream will present their own version (naturally) of Moliere’s Tartuffe from February 23 through March 18, with which the company offers audiences an opportunity to answer the question: “Do we extinguish the things that challenge us, or do we let them burn themselves?”

A sly con-man with huge ideas convinces people that he can make them great again and suddenly everything runs amok. Sound familiar?

Set in the founding age of Detroit, Slipstream’s Tartuffe re-imagines the cast as the Campau family. Ever wonder what the story is behind the all the weird street names in Michigan? John R? What about Dequindre? Detroit’s rich history and the idea of being willing to try anything and everything to be successful serve as running themes in this production. How do the founders of Detroit build a successful city if they follow the advice of the eclectic outsider, Tartuffe? How will the family be torn apart and brought together in order to save the city they believe in creating?

This ensemble production serves as Slipstream company member Mandy Logsdon’s directorial debut and features a well-known cast. Associate artistic director and Wilde Award Winner Luna Alexander plays Adelaide Dequindre. Rising-Star Wilde Award winning actor and critically acclaimed playwright (P.Y.G., A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams) Maxim Vinogradov plays Frances Palms (the largest landowner in Michigan at the time). Detroit Repertory Theatre Subscriber Award-winning actor Dan Johnson (fresh off his lauded performance in Tales from the Mitten) plays Joseph Campau. High school junior Grace Jolliffe (after stellar reviews for her performance of Night of Stars) plays the effervescent Campau daughter, Catherine. Founding company member Victoria Rose Weatherspoon (soon to be seen as Billie Holliday in September) plays Marie-Cecellia.

New additions to the company this year, Rachel Biber and Nancy Dawdry Penvose play the obnoxious family maid, Dorine, the family matriarch (among other roles respectively). In the title role of Tartuffe is Slipstream co-founder Jay Jolliffe. Artistic Director Bailey Boudreau plays the John R, finishing out the cast. Tiaja Sabrie serves as costume designer, and technical director Ryan Ernst serves as the show’s technical designer. Finally, newcomer to Slipstream but Metro Detroit stage regular, Meredith Deighton, serves as assistant director and stage manager.

Tickets are $12 and available via www.slipstreamti.com or by emailing InsideTheSlipstream@gmail.com.

Image: contemporary portrait of Moliere.