Theatre Arts students present comedy of manners

February 20, 2012

McDaniel College presents “The Rivals,” performed by McDaniel Theatre Arts students and directed by Gené Fouché, adjunct lecturer in Theatre Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 3 on campus in WMC Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call 410-857-2448.

This comedy of manners, written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, relates the travails of a rich captain pretending to be a poor naval officer in order to woo a lady who does not care about wealth. Penned in 1775, “The Rivals” was Sheridan’s first play and is one of his most famous.

Fouché chose the play for its opportunities for students to explore period styles and be exposed to new theatre forms.

“Often in comedy of manners, the playwright seeks to poke fun at the upper crust, and this play is no different,” Fouché  says. “In a time when ‘Occupy Wall Street’ has occupied the news, it seems a perfect opportunity to revisit this playful and provocative play.”

The cast includes seniors Mae Alexander of Keymar, Md., as servant, Gracen Carroll of Clifton, Va., as Fog, and Katalin Szoboszlay of Highland, Md., as Julia; juniors Simone Davis of Baltimore as Mrs. Malaprop and YiChong Li of Nanjing, China, as Lydia Languish; sophomores Paul Davis Griffin of Westminster, Md., as Faukland and Samantha Stair of Mount Airy, Md., as Thomasina/servant; and freshmen Kevin Anderson of Pikesville, Md., as Sir Anthony Absolute, Lyndsay Arnold of New Windsor, Md., as servant, Cody Knipfer of Ellicott City, Md., as David, Joshua Meltzer of Woodbury, Minn., as Sir Lucius O’Trigger, Adrian Rowe, Jr., of Edgewood, Md., as Bob Acres, Daniel Valentin-Morales of Frederick, Md., as Captain Absolute, and Emily Wendler of Baltimore as Lucy.

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