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April 2: School of Drama Performs Two Comedic Plays at Outdoor Locations, April 11-26

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Eric Sloss                           
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School of Drama Performs Two Comedic Plays at
Outdoor Locations Around Pittsburgh, April 11-26

PITTSBURGH—The School of Drama is taking its latest production, "Commedia Dell' Arte," on the road to outdoor locations around Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus, as well as Hartwood Acres Park, the SouthSide Works and Station Square.
   
From April 11 to April 26, the traveling troupe with their portable stage and period costumes will perform adaptations — set in 1930s Pittsburgh — of Carlo Goldoni's "Servant of Two Masters" and Molière's "Scapino," clownish comedies chock full of scoundrels and hapless lovers. The performances, for all ages, are free to the public. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the Carnegie Mellon and Hartwood Acres Park performances as seating will not be provided.
       
"These exuberant, clownish comedies of scoundrels and hapless lovers will engage audiences of all ages," said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama.  "Visiting selected sites around the city, a playful version of the classic touring commedia wagon provides a portable stage for a bluegrass band and all the pratfalls, jokes and fun an ambitious troupe of 21st century traveling players can deliver."
    
To prepare for the production, Director Mark Bell helped students find their inner clown by improvising stories and making mistakes. For Bell, clowning around is a serious business. A past visiting professor in the School of Drama, Bell quotes Samuel Beckett by saying, "[the] clown is the most essential expression of what it is to be a human being. 'Scapino' and 'Servant of Two Masters' gives ample opportunity for the students to become clowns and tickle the funny bones of audiences."
     
Performances are subject to change. A complete schedule is online at www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama/season/current_season/comedia/comedia.html. For more information, call 412-268-2407.

Performances at Carnegie Mellon:
Preview of "Servant of Two Masters"
1 p.m., Thursday, April 10 on Carnegie Mellon's "Cut," near the tennis courts

Preview of "Scapino"
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10 on Carnegie Mellon's "Cut," near the tennis courts

"Scapino"
5:30 p.m., Friday, April 18 in the Morewood Gardens Parking lot off Forbes Avenue

"Servant of Two Masters"
5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17 in the Morewood Gardens Parking lot off Forbes Avenue
5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 on Carnegie Mellon's "Cut," near the tennis courts

Performances at the SouthSide Works:
"Scapino"
5:30 p.m., Friday, April 25, and Saturday April 26

"Servant of Two Masters"
1 p.m., Saturday, April 26

Performances at Station Square:
"Scapino"
1 p.m., Saturday, April 12

"Servant of Two Masters"
5:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12

Performances at Hartwood Acres Park:
"Servant of Two Masters"
1 p.m., Saturday, April 19

"Scapino"
4 p.m., Saturday, April 19
 

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