Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Stages
Nikolai Gogol's "The Inspector General," Feb. 18-27
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's "The Inspector General" Feb. 18-27 in the Philip Chosky Theatre. Michael Chemers, assistant professor of dramatic literature in the School of Drama, wrote this adaptation, which will be directed by Associate Teaching Professor of Directing Jed Allen Harris. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
"I am delighted that Jed Allen Harris and Michael Chemers have produced this uniquely witty adaptation of Gogol's masterpiece that in turn views 19th century Russian politics through the shambles of a contemporary Town Hall prism," said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.
A satirical comedy, "The Inspector General" is a hilarious indictment of political corruption as relevant today as it was in 1836. When a penniless drifter is mistaken for a government ethics lawyer, the leaders of an American Rust Belt town inveigle him into a hilarious conspiracy of lies that unintentionally reveals a profound truth about political power. Chemers' adaptation brings out some comical and terrifying local references of Pittsburgh politics, much like Gogol once observed about Tsarist Russia.
There will be a public "talk back," or discussion among audience members and Harris and Chemers, after the Feb. 23 performance. The talk back will discuss the contemporary version of "The Inspector General" and the interpretation of Pittsburgh politics.
Ticket prices begin at $23 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and $10 for students with valid Carnegie Mellon identification. For complete ticket prices, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407 or visit www.drama.cmu.edu. To listen to a podcast with Chemers and Harris about the upcoming production visit http://www.cfa.cmu.edu/labA6.php.
Members of the cast are pictured from left to right: Kyle Rotter (Chief of Police), Alex Falberg (City Controller), Amanda Jane Cooper (Mary), Peter Moses (Mayor), Krista Yu (Communications Director), Caitlin Kimball (Mayor's Wife), Nick Marcucci (Superintendent of Schools) and Tim Harrington (Police Sergeant).