'She Stoops to Conquer' coming to stage

Three cast members.“She Stoops to Conquer,” the final production of SUNY Oswego’s main theatre season, will bring a famous farce to the stage for a preview and four performances in late April.

Oliver Goldsmith’s frenzied but timeless story of courtship and seduction from the 18th century will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, and run April 23 and 24 and May 1 and 2 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The “stooping” refers to a ploy heroine Kate Hardcastle (Jessica Quindlen) employs, as she pretends to be a barmaid to observe the true colors of her fiance, Mr. Marlow (Nate Roy). Marlow is bashful with the refined Kate, but audacious and bold as he aggressively pursues the barmaid.

“The play is subtitled ‘The Mistakes of a Night,’ not without reason,” said Mark Cole, the production’s director and chair of the college’s theatre department. “In a short amount of time, the characters in the play madly pursue money, marriage, sexual conquest, revenge, comfort, peace, independence and the next drink, as comic mayhem ensues.” 

The play, first produced in 1773, centers around the premise of a practical joke: The mischievous Tony Lumpkin (Charles S. Smith) convinces Marlow that his fiancee’s home is an inn and Kate’s father, Mr. Hardcastle (Jeremy Waterman), is the innkeeper.

A parallel plot involves the romance of Marlow’s friend, Mr. Hastings (Nicholas Pike) with Kate’s cousin, Miss Neville (Ashlee Grant). Adding additional comedy is Kate’s stepmother, the pretentious social climber Mrs. Hardcastle (Sarah Sterling). Rounding out the cast are Dylan Duffy, Stephen Green and Erik Shuler as servants in the Hardcastle household, Kimberly Saunders as the maid Pimple and Josh Gadek as Sir Charles Marlow.

“The world of the play is an elegant one, the mid-18th century, and many of the characters dress in the finery that is associated with that period in England,” Cole said.

The faculty crew includes Timothy Baumgartner, scene and lighting design; Kitty Macey, costume design; Steve Shull, sound designer; Jessica Hester, dramaturg; and Joan Hart Willard, dialect coach.

The student production team includes Keegan Bushey, stage manager; Katherine Boswell, assistant director; Beca Schretzlmeir, assistant stage manager and Ariel Marcus, assistant to the costume designer. 

Tickets for the April 22 preview cost $5. For the regular run, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. For reservations, visit http://tickets.oswego.edu or call 312-2141.

The production is suggested for ages 12 and above.

Patrons with disabilities who need assistance should call the box office manager at 312-2141.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Costumed comedy—Nate Roy, left, plays Mr. Marlow, while Charles S. Smith, center, is the mischievous Tony Lumpkin and Nicholas Pike is Marlow’s friend Mr. Hastings in the SUNY Oswego production of “She Stoops to Conquer,” an 18th century, broadly satirical comedy that previews April 22 at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Its four-performance run is April 23 and 24 and May 1 and 2.

(Posted: Apr 02, 2010)

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