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Kent State School of Theatre and Dance presents the timeless farce, “She Stoops to Conquer”

Posted Sep. 25, 2013

Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance opens its 2013-2014 season with Irish author Oliver Goldsmith's comedy of manners "She Stoops to Conquer" running Oct. 4 – 13, 2013 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive in the (newly named) Center for Performing Arts.  For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.theatre.kent.edu or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive, Mon.,- Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $16 adults, $14 Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $12 seniors (60+) and College students outside of Kent State or 18 and under $8.  All full-time, Kent State main campus undergraduate students are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more are $10 per person.  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.  Opening night is Friday, Oct. 4, and features a free reception following the production.
 
The play, which was first performed in London in 1773 is a great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedy of the English language which offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family.
 
The production is directed by professor and equity actor Eric van Baars, who comes off of his recent Porthouse Theatre directorial debut of "Fiddler on the Roof" which played to record numbers this summer and glowing reviews.  He is assistant directed by graduate student and equity actress Tracee Patterson.  The production features the talents of costume design graduate student Susan Williams, scenic design by Ben Williams, lighting design by Dave Ruggles, technical direction by Ryan T. Patterson and production stage management by Cullen Motak.
 
"This play is mischievous and silly," said director van Baars. "It's been so much fun to direct the students and watch them discover their comedic timing in this timeless farce. Audiences are in for a real treat. Not to mention that the costumes are astonishingly lavish and authentic."
 
The School of Theatre and Dance celebrates its 100th anniversary on Oct. 25 with the opening of "Plain and Fancy" directed by professor and director of the musical theatre program, and artistic director of Porthouse Theatre.  A special dinner to raise scholarship funds will take place in the EZ Theatre on Oct. 25. For more information, contact the School of Theatre and Dance at 330-672-2082.

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Photo:  Theatre major Emily Cline (Miss Kate Hardcastle) gets fitted for her lavish 18th century gown by alumna and veteran costumer Grace Cochran Keenan '08.  Costume design by graduate student Susan Williams.  Photo by Bob Christy.