Occidental Theater Department Presents "She Stoops to Conquer"
The Occidental College Department of Theater will present Oliver Goldsmith's “She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night” in April and May.
First performed in 1773, this “laughing” comedy was Goldsmith's wildly popular answer to the sentimental comedies that predominated in 18th-century English playhouses.
The action focuses on the inside-out courtship between Young Marlow and Kate Hardcastle, the independent minded daughter of a county squire. Marlow is tongue-tied around women of his own class but a libertine otherwise. To win his heart Kate acts the role of a serving maid, fooling not only her suitor but her father, her trouble-making stepbrother, and her foolish stepmother. The mistakes accumulate, leading to uproarious action including a chase scene through the mud in the middle of the night.
The Occidental production, directed by John Bouchard, will have scenery and lighting designed by Adrian Jones '93, costumes co-designed by Tom Slotten and Amanda Lee '08, and original music composed by Allison Johnson. Guest artists will perform courtesy of the Culley Fund. Director Bouchard will give a post-show talk following the April 25 performance.
Performance dates and times are as follows. All performances will be in Keck Theater on the Occidental campus:
April 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
April 27 at 2 p.m. and May 17 at 8 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $5 to $10. Group rates are available.
For more information or to buy tickets, call (323) 259-2922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.