Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Terry Johnson's
Adaptation of "The London Cuckolds"
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama presents Terry Johnson's adaptation of Edward Ravenscroft's "The London Cuckolds" Feb. 20-28 in the university's Philip Chosky Theater.
Each husband in "The London Cuckolds" believes he has discovered the most effective method of securing his wife's fidelity; the first relies on innocence, the second on wit and the third on piety. When three lusty bachelors tempt the wives, hilarity ensues as the wives turn the tables on their hapless husbands. In a special guest appearance, School of Drama faculty members will play the brainless beaux.
Known for his work in Broadway musical "The Pirate Queen" and Hollywood blockbuster "Smart People," Don Wadsworth, professor of voice and speech in the School of Drama, will direct this comedy of three husbands in their struggle to keep faithful wives.
Performed for more than three centuries, Ravenscroft's 1681 play is revived with Johnson's 20th century candidness and trademark wit. Called "frank, fresh and fruity" by critics of its first production at the Royal National Theatre in London, Johnson's adaptation maintains the authenticity of the original while infusing its timeless comedic appeal with modern sensibilities.
As part of a new, season-long initiative at the School of Drama, students in the undergraduate Dramaturgy Option will hold talkbacks with the audience, cast and crew following the Tuesday evening performance of "The London Cuckolds." The dramaturgs are also available to discuss the play with classes, student groups and public organizations. Contact Michael Chemers, dramaturgy option coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-268-2399, to schedule a session with a dramaturg.
Performances of "The London Cuckolds" take place at 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $23-$27 and can be purchased online at www.drama.cmu.edu or by calling the box office at 412-268-2407. Discounts are available for students and seniors. For additional information about ticket purchases and the upcoming season, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407 from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Pictured above is Steffi Garrard as Eugenia and Adam Barrie as Frank Townley. Photo by Joshua Franzos.