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Theater Artists Olympia presents


by Moliere

June 12th - 27th, 2015

First staged in the late 1600's, the play opened to much controversy and to the ire of the Catholic Church. 400 years later Moliere's social commentary is still as sharp, funny, and as sexy as it ever was.

Orgon - Christian Carvajal
Elmire - Adriana Chavez
Tartuffe - Michael Christopher
Mme Pernelle - Heather R. Christopher
Dorine - Amanda Stevens
Marianne - Vanessa Postil
Valere - Xander Layden
Damis - Jesse Moore-Hendrickson
Cleante - Rick Pearlstein

Tartuffe, an eccentric religious charlatan, has wheedled his way into the good graces of Orgon, much to the chagrin of his family. As Orgon's devotion grows so does their dismay, finally reaching the breaking point. Elmire, Orgon's wife, sets in motion a plan to entrap the phony zealot in his own lustful nature, and that's just when the fun begins.

In the tradition of Commedia dell’arte, the characters are larger than life and the situations even more so. In the tradition of TAO, expect the naughty factor to be embraced with abandon. So come join us for a bit of french flavored slap stick spiced with a bit of slap and tickle just for fun.

Director Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe and the TAO Collective are proud to present an all new take on this classic that is as light as spun sugar, as quick as a flirtatious wink, bathed in pink champagne and all in rhyme!

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Calling all Olympia Directors and Writers! TAO is getting ready to put together our FOURTH annual one-act festival

We are looking for potential directors for the Peck AND potential playwrights to submit your one act! Submissions for one-acts and directors will be accepted through June 15th. If you would like to direct and/or submit a One Act, please email our Artistic Director pug Bujeaud at

This year the Peck will run August 7-22. Auditions will be held after directors have been coordinated and rehearsals will take place in July.

Welcome to Theater Artists Olympia

TAO is a collective of local artists committed to producing high quality theater. TAO's focus is on producing more thematically provocative materials, and experimental interpretations of classics than generally found in the Olympia area. Our mission is to present creative theatrical pieces that are under-represented in the community.

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Haven’t you always wanted to:

• Exercise your creative side and costume a show?
• Live like a god and learn how to do lighting design?
• Show off your screwing abilities and help build a set?
• Use your ‘gift of the gab’ and promote TAO to local businesses?
• Become a superior Stage Manager with your awesome organizational skills?
• Offer use of your heated warehouse for rehearsal space?
• Show off your desktop talents and design a poster or program?
• Schmooze with TAO patrons selling tickets before a show?
• Learn about the fascinating world of the House Managing?
• Suggest a show that you never thought would be produced locally?
• Meet fun, diverse & passionate people that enjoy theater as much as you do?

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