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Tartuffe: The Imposter & G*d Is A Woman

Publisher: Wild Rice Limited
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  • About the Editor

    In Singapore, there is only one rule: be careful who you troll. Frustrated by the rigid, unforgiving system in which they try to make art, a bunch of irate artists start a fake petition to cancel Ariana Grande. Things get wildly out of hand when some Singaporeans take the petition so seriously that Ari’s upcoming concert comes under threat.

    In a whirlwind of competing petitions, frantic Zoom calls between Los Angeles and Singapore, and whispered conversations at the golf course, the campaign to save the concert comes up against the most powerful people in Singapore: the easily offended.

    From acclaimed playwright Joel Tan (Tartuffe: The Imposter, The Butterfly Lovers) comes G*d Is A Woman – a scathing satire on censorship, complaint culture, and the ridiculous outbursts of moral outrage that frequently reverberate across the Singaporean internet. Directed with gleeful irreverence by Ivan Heng, this audaciously funny new play will make you laugh until it hurts.


    A wealthy family starts to unravel when the head of the household, Orgon, befriends Tartuffe — a charming, seductive con artist masquerading as a man of faith. Everyone else smells a rat, even as Tartuffe weasels his way into Orgon’s home, heart and bank account. What will it take for Orgon to finally see the light? Can unholy disaster be averted? Or will blind devotion win the day?

    In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Molière’s birth, Wild Rice’s Tartuffe: The Imposter remains trenchantly relevant today, in a world populated by scam artists and false prophets. With an incisive new script by Joel Tan and direction by Glen Goei, this is a classic satire on religious hypocrisy and a warning about the calamity that can follow when we turn a blind eye to the dark deeds of the “pious”. Desperately trying to untangle vice from virtue is a stellar ensemble cast led by Ivan Heng and Benjamin Chow.

  • “The questions that G*d Is A Woman poses have very little to do with Ariana Grande or God’s chosen pronouns. Instead, it demands us to consider the cost of living in such a close- minded complaint culture.”
    —We The Citizens

    Tartuffe is Wild Rice firing on all cylinders. This scabrous satire manages to be simultaneously the most fun this reviewer has had in the theatre since the pandemic began - and also deeply unsettling...Playwright Joel Tan has commendably transformed a nearly 400-year-old script, eschewing Molière’s alexandrine rhyming couplets for deliciously profane modern dialogue packed with zingers... The cast is superlative across the board.”
    —The Straits Times

  • Joel Tan is a playwright, performer, and inter-disciplinary artist. He is an Artist-in- Residence at Wild Rice, and serves as the company’s Literary Manager. His playwriting practice is divided between Singapore and London, and he has written plays for leading companies in both cities including Wild Rice, Pangdemonium, Checkpoint Theatre, The Royal Court, The Almeida Theatre, Headlong Theatre, Theatre 503, and the Orange Tree Theatre. Joel also writes for screen and audio, and collaborates inter-disciplinarily to create installation and contemporary performance. Joel is a passionate advocate for new writing development for the theatre, and is a Creative Associate with Centre 42’s New Writing Development Programme.

ISBN: 9789811897450
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 244
Year Published: 2024
Size: 200mm x 130mm
Language: English