Classical Comedy is Theater Season Finale

Posted on 4/7/2010 10:29:38 AM
A Servant to Two Masters

Theater-by-the-Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will close its 2009–2010 season with the comedy A Servant to Two Masters, opening April 15, 2010.

Written by Carlo Goldoni and translated and adapted by Lee Hall, performances are slated for April 15–17 and 21–24 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be presented on the Waller Hall Mainstage of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

This hilarious classic centers around young love mixed with disguises and confusion, colorful characters, and high-stakes, farcical antics. The story unfolds as Beatrice, posing as her dead brother, attempts to claim money to marry her lover, who also happens to be her brother's murderer. As confusion grows surrounding the dead brother's fiance and new betrothed, the servant Truffaldino unknowingly takes on secretly serving two masters—Beatrice in disguise and her lover, Silvio.

A Servant to Two MastersThe production's director, Rick Kemp, said, “As well as being extremely witty, this production offers the audience a fascinating glimpse of a performance style called ‘Commedia dell’Arte.’”

Kemp, a member of the IUP theater faculty, went on to explain that “this form of theater was popular in Renaissance Europe, presenting masked characters in improvised street performances. Our show uses hand-made leather masks, beautiful period costumes, and a set inspired by Renaissance designs.”

Tickets for A Servant to Two Masters are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 with a university I-card. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.

A Servant to Two MastersFor more information, contact The Lively Artsat 724-357-2547 or e-mail us

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Danceand theCollege of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.