Celebrate with a new, old Beaux’ Stratagem at The Hilberry
Set in 1707 in Lichfield, England, The Beaux’ Stratagem tells the story of two young bucks who have spent all their money by living too well, forcing them to leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next. But, when they arrive in Lichfield, their plans go awry. As all young men in search of adventure find, sometimes, all it takes is a pretty girl to throw all their plans to the wind.
This tale took over 300 years to come to the stage in its present form. Originally written in 1707 by George Farquhar, it was taken on in 1939 by award-winning and universally known playwright Thornton Wilder for a rewrite. Never completed, the tale sat waiting for another hand until 2004, when Wilder’s estate contacted award-winning and two-time Tony nominated Ludwig to pen the rest of the story. The resulting play received its world-premiere production at The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C. in 2006, directed by Michael Kahn. The 2006 production was hailed by The Free-Lance Star as, “Sheer laugh-out-loud fun … Farquhar, Wilder and Ludwig all had such a good time skewering the institution of marriage … that laughter is the only possible reaction.”
Check out a sneak preview from Wednesday’s Dress Rehearsal:
The Cast Includes:
Alan Ball* (Gloss), Jason Cabral (Daniel), Christopher Ellis (Aimwell), Christina Flynn (Dorinda), Sara Hymes (Cherry), Safiya Johnson (A Lady), Erman Jones (Sullen), Andrew Papa (Sir Charles), Rob Pantano (Scrub), Carollette Phillips (Country Woman), Peter C. Prouty (Hounslow), Samantha L. Rosentrater (Lady Bountiful), Brian P. Sage (Boniface), Lorelei Sturm (Mrs. Sullen), Dave Toomey (Foigard), Justin P. Vanden Heuvel (Bagshot), Jordan Whalen (Archer), Christopher L. Tucker (Servant) and Erica Fuller (Servant).
The creative team includes:
Anthony B. Schmitt (Director), Pegi Marshall-Admundsen (Scenic Design), Don Hunter (Production Stage Management), Nira Pullin (Choreography), Michael Brian Ogden (Fight Choreography), Christa Koerner (Costume Design), Jason Pratt (Lighting Design), Jon Weaver (Sound Design), Christopher Otwell (Technical Direction), Cara Tougas (Properties Master) and Janine M. Pixley (Publicist).
*Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The Beaux’ Stratagem performance breakdown:
April 9, 2010 – May 15, 2010
Wednesday 2 p.m. – April 14
Thursday 8 p.m. – April 15, May 6, 13
Friday 8 p.m. – April 9, 16, 30, May 14
Saturday 2 p.m. – April 10, May 8
Saturday 8 p.m. – April 10, 24, May 8, May 15
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