Two fathers, two sons, two servants, two lovers, and a live piano!
Saving the day by the seat of his baggy pants, Scapin sets the stage for FUN at U.Va. this month. The Drama Department production ofBill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell’s modern spin on Moliere’s classic French farce adds vaudeville and silent film comedy inspiration to an age-old carnival of love, revenge, and serious silliness. Directed by Marianne Kubik, Scapin runs October 19-21 and 24-28 at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Drama Building’s Helms Theatre.
In this adaptation of Moliere’s Les Fourberies de Scapin, the wily, witty servant Scapin helps young lovers out of a jam and revenges his master, staying one step ahead of trouble all the way. In tangled exploits, Scapin and his friends careen (often literally!) into blind corners, zany disguises, and mistaken identities. With live accompaniment by local pianist Art Wheeler—no stranger to silent film music, having tickled the ivories for many local screenings—the characters enthusiastically, often clumsily, scheme, stumble, and plot their way toward happy endings, led by Scapin himself.
“The quality of Scapin I love most is that he's the quintessential,
half-bumbling schemer, just barely getting by," says MFA candidate
J. Hernandez, playing the title role. “Scapin has the power
to play the endearing, manipulating puppet master, but at the same
time he is able to present (his) vulnerable, underdog, servant side.”
Hernandez adds, “To put it simply…in our busy schedules here at U.Va. I think it's healthy to have a good laugh in the monotony of student life. Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell’s Scapin is just the ticket…”
Tickets for Scapin are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and
$8 for students; full-time U.Va. students can use their ART$ Dollars
to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.virginia.edu/drama
or call the Drama Department Box Office at 434-924-3376. The
box office is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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|Last Updated on December 9, 2011|