Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with Goldmsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, presented in rotating repertory with Shakespeare’s HAMLETOctober 17 – November 24. Following in the footsteps of Quintessence’s previous celebrated comic romps including Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Goldoni’s THE VENETIAN TWINS and Molière’s THE MISANTHROPE, we look forward to delighting you with one of the great 18th century romantic comedies, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.

In the company of barmaids and tavern wenches, Young Marlow is an incorrigible and self-assured rogue.  In the presence of the beautiful gentlewoman Kate Hardcastle, he is reduced to a stammering, stuttering boy. Fortunately, Kate isn’t afraid to dirty her hands to get what she wants and decides to “stoop” by disguising herself as a maid to woo, win and educate her future husband. Oliver Goldsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER is one of the English language’s most uproarious comedies and a tale of true love, mistaken identities, and the never-ending battle of the sexes. This satirical look at materialism, romance and social etiquette will prove as hysterically funny to Philadelphia audiences today as it did at its premiere nearly 200 years ago.

Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (including one ten minute intermission)

CREATING A COURTYARD THEATRE IN PHILADELPHIA

 

Inspired by Michael Boyd, the emeritus Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Quintessence will continue to test the limits of the theatrical medium by reformatting the Sedgwick Theater into a Courtyard style theater, established when the courtyard’s of Elizabethan inn’s were used as performance venues, for its fall repertory. At the Sedgwick the seated audience will be placed on elevated risers around the central stage, allowing the audience to look down on the action in the yard below. With an eye toward removing the “fourth wall” and further engaging the audience in the theatrical event, the remainder of the audience will stand in the “pit” around the stage platform and be encouraged to interact with the production, much like the groundlings at Shakespeare’s Globe. $10 Groundling tickets will be available for all performances.

THE REPERTORY ENSEMBLE

Following his celebrated performance as Iago in last season’s OTHELLO, Quintessence ensemble member Josh Carpenter* will lead the fall repertory as Marlow in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER. He will be joined by Quintessence regulars Sean Bradley as Tony Lumpkin (The Guard in ANTIGONE, Bassanio in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE), Rachel Brodeur Miss Constance (Nina in THE SEAGULL), Sonja Field as Kate Hardcastle (Raina inARMS AND THE MAN, Ellen in THE MISANTHROPE), Daniel Fredrick as Hastings (Poprishchin in THE DIARY OF A MADMAN), and Alexander Harvey as Guildenstern and Pimple (Emilia in OTHELLO) and E. Ashley Izardas Mrs. Hardcastle (Catherine in ARMS AND THE MAN, Marcia in THE MISANTHROPE). Quintessence is also excited to welcome the return of Matt Lorenz as Jeremy and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen as Diggory.

They will be joined by John Preston* as Mr. Hardcastle, and Ralph Edmonds* as Sir Charles Marlow, both making their Quintessence debuts.