Theatre group announces four-play schedule
Vol. 17, No. 24March 19, 1998

Spring season

 Theatre group announces four-play schedule

University of Delaware master's degree students Colleen Madden of Pittsburgh and David Foubert of Tacoma, Wash., star as Edith and Cecil in Getting Married. The comedy, by George Bernard Shaw, opens the spring season of the Professional Theatre Training Program.

The Professional Theatre Training Program's spring schedule will feature four comedies running in rotation from March 27 through May 9. All are brimming with enchanting characters and delectable wit.

The season opens on Friday, March 27, with George Bernard Shaw's Getting Married. On the day Edith Bridgenorth is to marry Cecil Sykes, she happens to read a pamphlet describing the legal rights she loses by marrying. Similarly, Sykes reads a description explaining the legal responsibilities he must assume when tying the knot. Now each wants to call off the wedding.

The hilarious perspectives of several in-laws and Shaw's witty and thought-provoking arguments about marriage, celibacy, divorce and monogamy create a timeless comedy of relationships and commitment.

Evening performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, Saturdays, March 28 and April 25, and Friday, May 1. Saturday matinees are scheduled at 12:30 on March 28, April 4 and May 9.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht opens on April 2. Brecht's comic, yet chilling parable concerning Hitler's rise to power is set in the ganglands of 1930s Chicago. Arturo Ui sells "protection" to Chicago's vegetable merchants, blackmails local officials and murders those who challenge him, while, at the same time, charming his supporters into further conquests.

The third offering is William Wycherley's The Country Wife, beginning on Thursday, April 16. A brilliant Restoration comedy of abundant wit and licentiousness, the play is a bawdy satire of seduction, devotion, eunuchs and cuckolds.

A young rogue, Mr. Horner, decides to vie with middle-aged Mr. Pinchwife for the affections of his young bride, and sets off a delightful plot filled with ribald situations, delicious innuendo and spirited lust.

The season concludes with Richard Brinsley Sheridan's School for Scandal, which opens April 23. A symphony of scandal-mongers, led by Lady Sneerwell and Benjamin Backbit, launches a laugh-filled plot of gossip and intrigue. School for Scandal is thought by many to be England's greatest comedy.

All PTTP performances are held in Hartshorn Hall, corner of Academy Street and East Park Place in Newark. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and weekend matinees begin at 12:30 p.m.

Single ticket prices for the general public are $15 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $14 for weeknights and $12 for matinees and Sunday evenings. Prices for UD faculty, staff and senior citizens are $13 for Friday and Saturday nights, $12 for weeknights and $10 for matinees and Sunday evenings. Student prices are $8 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $6 weeknights and $5 for matinees and Sunday evenings.

For specific performance dates and more information, call the Hartshorn box office at 831-2204.

-Beth Thomas
Photo by Robert Cohen