WTF Revives 18th Century Comedy ‘She Stoops to Conquer’

Holley Fain

Holley Fain

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th-century bawdy comedy She Stoops to Conquer is being revived on the Main Stage of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) in a production helmed by former WTF artistic director Nicholas Martin that runs from July 27 through August 7, 2011. The play stars Brooks Ashmanskas (Knickerbocker at WTF; Promises, Promises) as Tony Lumpkin, Mia Barron (A Flea in Her Ear at WTF; The Coast of Utopia) as Miss Hardcastle, and Michael Cohen (Six Degrees of Separation at WTF) as Roger.

In She Stoops to Conquer, two well-bred young men arrive at the country estate of Mr. Hardcastle, intending to woo his daughter Kate and her cousin Constance. But when local mischief-maker Tony Lumpkin plays a practical joke on the city slickers, the Hardcastle household is launched into a dizzying, deliciously preposterous romp of mistaken identity. Nicholas Martin has assembled a fearless ensemble of comic all-stars and WTF favorites to put across this perennial stage favorite that was frequently adapted during the silent movie era and has enjoyed several TV adaptations.

Mia Barron

Mia Barron

Other cast members include Richard Easton (Home at WTF; Elling) as Sir Charles/Diggory, Holley Fain (Present Laughter) as Miss Constance Neville, Kristine Nielsen (Romeo and Juliet at WTF; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Mrs. Hardcastle, Emily Simoness (A Streetcar Named Desire at WTF) as Maid, JD Taylor (WTF debut) as Thomas, Jon Patrick Walker (A Funny Thing Happened… Forum at WTF; High Fidelity) as Charles Marlow, Jeremy Webb (WTF debut) as George Hastins, Mike Weiser (WTF debut) as Landlord/Jeremy, and Paxton Whitehead (Where’s Charley? at WTF; The Importance of Being Earnest) as Mr. Hardcastle.

The creative team includes David Korins (Set Design), Gabriel Berry (Costume Design), Ben Stanton (Lighting Design), and Drew Levy (Sound Design). Lauren Kurinskas is the Production Stage Manager.

Tickets for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are on sale now and can be purchased online at Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), by phone at (413) 597-3400, or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.  New curtain times for all Main Stage and Nikos Stage shows are as follows: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30., Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 2.  For more schedule details, visit Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF).

 

 

 

 

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