Denison Theatre Closes Season With French Farce Of Revenge Gone Wrong
Posted: March 30, 2000
The Denison University Theatre's 1999-2000 season wraps up with the French farce, "13 Rue de L'Amour," written by Mawby Green and Ed Feilbert, based on a play by Georges Feydeau, who is considered a master of the genre. Directed by Assistant Professor Peter Pauze, the play opens at 8 p.m. Friday (April 7) and continues Saturday (April 8) and Tuesday through Saturday (April 11 - 15) in Ace Morgan Theatre.
The play is the story of a virtuous wife seeking revenge on her cheating husband and getting caught in a whirlwind of confusion and mistaken identity at the apartment at 13 Rue de L'Amour.
First-year student Joanna Gollobin serves as stage manager for the production. Brian Graves, the theatre department's staff technical director, is the scenic and lighting designer and Cynthia Turnbull, assistant professor, serves as costume designer.
Acting in lead roles are seniors Brett Johnston (Bay Village) as Gustave Moricet, and Jocelyn Romanak (Byron Center, Mich.) as Leontine Duchotel, and junior Michael Jennings (Dresden) as Justinien Duchotel.
Other cast members include seniors John Robison (Wilmington, N.C.) as Monsieur Birabeau; and Tracy Meyer (Port Clinton) as the concierge, Madame Spritzer; juniors Meredith Zinsser (Mentor) as the maid, Marie; Joseph Miller (Quarryville, Pa.) as Jean-Pierre Pascal; Andrew Levitt (Columbus) as the bumbling Inspector Vidal; and Sean Bill (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and first-year student Jason Seltzer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as policemen.
According to Pauze, "13 Rue de L'Amour," which features the fun and physical comedy characteristics of farce adds a sense of balance to the more serious themes addressed in earlier shows this season. "This is a preposterous, charming, refreshingly upbeat play that will give both our student actors and our audience a taste of the challenging intricacies of pure, well-crafted theatrical farce," added Pauze.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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