Directed by Visiting Instructor of Theatre and Dance Seton Brown, Wittenberg class of 2004, the play is a slapstick comedy about mistaken identity, love and the serving of two masters at the same time. With a new, modern adaptation that strikes to the heart of what it means to serve two sides of the same demon — at the same time with a promise to keep the rhyming to a minimum.
"The students bring to it a real sense of physical comedy along with an air of improvisation that keeps the dialogue fresh, fast-paced and whimsical," Brown said. "The style of the show is Commedia dell'Arte, which finds its base in physical, low-brow humor."
Cast members include Collin Wenzell, class of 2010 from Half Moon Bay, Calif.; Molly Elsasser, class of 2011 from Quechee, Vt.; Jacob Sigafoos, class of 2011 from Lancaster, Ohio; Vincent Pontius, class of 2011 from Milford Center, Ohio; Allie Persinger, class of 2010 from Washington Court House, Ohio; Benjamin Johnson, class of 2012 from Cincinnati, Ohio; Chris Jones, class of 2010 from Middletown, Ohio; Victoria Oestreicher, class of 2011 from Cincinnati, Ohio; Hannah Blechman, class of 2012 from Fairfax Station, Va.; Kori Gunther, class of 2010 from South Charleston, Ohio; Laura Kay, class of 2012 from Olmsted Township, Ohio; Jessie Voors, class of 2011 from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lauren Redwine, class of 2012 from Mason, Ohio; and Casey Browder, class of 2012 from Shelbyville, Ind.
Working behind the scenes are Mariah Bergeron, class of 2011 from Berlin, N.H.; Amanda Cavcey, class of 2012 from Stow, Ohio; Paden Frank, class of 2010 from Groveport, Ohio; Patsy McCormack, class of 2011 from Sunset Beach, Calif.; Ryann Greenberg, class of 2012 from Carmel, Ind.; and Tatiana deVoogd, class of 2012 from Louisville, Ky. Collin Wenzell will work from behind as well as in front of the curtain.
After graduating from Wittenberg in 2004 with a major in theatre and dance, he received a master's of fine arts from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Calif., in 2007. A member of the Actors' Equity Association, Brown has performed in Red Scare on Sunset, Cider House Rules: Part One, Much Ado About Nothing and A Christmas Carol, among other plays. His directing credits include Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/Plays and various cabarets throughout San Francisco.
Tickets are $4 and will be available at the service desk in the Benham-Pence Student Center or at the theatre's box office an hour before each performance. Call (937) 327-7443 for more information.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
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