A hired gun in the Serbo-Bulgarian War receives unforeseen kindness when he takes cover in a Bulgarian lady’s bedroom. Once the fighting is over, he comes back to return the favor, ignoring the fact that she’s engaged to another war hero. A romantic comedy of class-crossed lovers, Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN argues the dangers of idealism, honor, and pride in both love and war.
As Quintessence Theatre Group works to establish a resident repertory ensemble, Quintessence regulars Khris Davis and John Williams will lead this nine actor repertory ensemble. Mr. Davis, who played the title role in Quintessence’s acclaimed OTHELLO this past fall, Haemon in ANTIGONE, and Lorenzo in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, will play Bluntschli in ARMS AND THE MAN. Mr. Williams, previously seen as the Prologue in ANTIGONE and Sganarelle in DON JUAN, will play the title role in THE MISANTHROPE. Quintessence also welcomes back ensemble favorites Sean Close (Roderigo in OTHELLO) and Daniel Fredrick (the titular role in THE DIARY OF A MADMAN,Cassio inOTHELLO).
They are joined by Mattie Hawkinson* in her Quintessence and Philadelphia debut as Louka in ARMS AND THE MANandAmerican film actress Jennifer in THE MISANTHROPE. Also making their Quintessence debuts are Christopher Burke*(as Sergius and Julian), Sonja Field(as Raina and Ellen), E. Ashley Izard (as Catherine and Marcia) and Philadelphia favoriteAmes Adamson*(as Major Petkoff and Alex).
The artistic team includes director Alexander Burns, costume designer Jane Casanave, lighting designer David Sexton, dialect coach Hazel Bowers, and SAFD Fight Master Ian Rose.