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The Servant of Two Masters Opens Nov. 6 at USAO


Photo from the production, The Servant of Two Masters.

The Servant of Two Masters Opens Nov. 6 at USAO

 

For the first time in more than a decade, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma theatre arts department will present their fall production on two successive weekends. Dozens of students have been involved in building, painting, sewing and rehearsing in preparation for the comedy, The Servant of Two Masters.

The community is invited to join alumni on homecoming weekend, Nov. 6 – 7, for opening weekend. Performances will also be held Nov. 13 – 14.

All performances will take place in the Davis Hall Theater on the USAO campus. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m., with $10 tickets available at the box office starting at 6:45 p.m. or by reservation by calling (405) 574-1386. The two-hour show is suitable for audiences age 8 and older.

“The Servant of Two Masters is like the great-great grandfather of every television sitcom,” explains Katie Davis, director. “It’s a really old funny play that involves a sappy love story, a dysfunctional family, mistaken identity, and an idiot who goes into business for himself, hoping to get money, food and love. We love it, because even though it’s ridiculous, everyone gets what they deserve in the end.”

The play originated during the Italian Renaissance, when it was improvised by troupes of touring, professional actors, acrobats, magicians and comedians. Carlo Goldoni gathered various copies of the story and comic bits and wrote the first scripted version of the play in 1746. Since then it’s been reinvented dozens of times. The version being performed at USAO was first performed in 1999 by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. It is written by Jeffrey Hatcher with translation and adaptation collaboration with Paolo Emilio Landi.

USAO’s newest theatre arts faculty member is Jeffrey Taylor, MFA who is the scenic designer and production manager for the show.

“It’s been a delightful experience to work with students on constructing the scenery that will take the audience to the colorful, constantly flowing theatrical world of Venice,” says Taylor.

Student Nathan Jorgensen says, “For those of you who haven’t heard of Commedia dell’arte, it means sword fights, juggling, food fights, mischief, tumbling, flirting, drama queens, burping, crying and a rude joke here and there! Get your tickets, turn off your phones, and join us for a nice, quiet evening of mayhem!”