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Theatre Arts to Present “Figaro/Figaro”

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A scene from the 2008 production

The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Figaro/Figaro” adapted by Eric Overmyer from April 8 through 11 and April 15 through 18 in Staller Center‘s Theatre Two. This comprehensive adaptation displays a fusion of the 18th-century Beaumarchais classic “The Marriage of Figaro” and its so-called follow up “Figaro Gets a Divorce” written in 1937 by the Hungarian playwright Odon von Horvath.

The two acts of the comedy present the viewer with contradictory emotion. The light atmosphere of fun, cheer, and love in Count Almaviva’s castle in Seville at the beginning of the story turns into darkness, unknown places, and a completely different rhythm in the second act of the play. The two different worlds before and after the French Revolution are depicted giving a balance of light-hearted fun and dark reality. At times it may seem that the two contrasting dramatic pieces are only connected by the shared characters.

The themes of love and deception, counterfeit and faithfulness, devotion and negligence, betrayal and forgiveness are just a sampling of what this production will offer. The production is directed by Deborah Mayo.

There will be post-show discussion following the April 11 matinee performance of “Figaro/Figaro.” Post -show discussions are free and open to the public. All performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are available at the Staller Center box office or by calling 632-ARTS. Ticket prices are $13 for general admission and $8 for students with ID.

For more information on this production and Department of Theatre Arts programming, special performances, and the remainder of the 2009-2010 season, call 632-4291.

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