The Marriage of Figaro
"The Marriage of Figaro", by Beaumarchais, and directed by Susannah Wood - July 2nd - July 17th, 2016 John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Monday July 4th at 4 p.m. FREE! Photos
Actors Ensemble presents
FREE in the John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre
The Marriage of Figaro
The revolutionary comedy by Beaumarchais
Adapted by Second City founder Bernard Sahlins
Directed by Susannah Wood
The Marriage of Figaro - the 18th century comedy by Beaumarchais which foreshadowed the French Revolution. This classic of the theatre tells a surprisingly modern tale of the battle of the sexes and the victory of the 99%. No one will be quite what she seems in this wild frolic in the park, with music and dance (but not opera*) - for the whole family!
Weekends at John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, July 2nd - July 17th at 4 p.m. Special Performance Monday July 4th at 4 p.m. Have a picnic and watch a classic comedy!
The amphitheatre consists of wide stone steps - blankets and/or low lawn chairs are recommended. Wheelchair accessible - reservations especially for those with limited mobility - call 510-649-5999.
Adapted by Second City founder Bernard Sahlins and directed by Susannah Wood. Costumes by Helen Slomowitz. Set Design by Gunnar Ellam. Technical direction by Robert Gudmundsson and Jerome Solberg.
With frequent AEB collaborators David Mejia as Figaro, Patrick Glenn as The Count, Lisa Wang as the Countess, Erika Bakse as Basilia, Terry Haley as Antonio, Joseph O'Loughlin as Bartolo, Karen Caronna as Marcellina, and introducing Crystal Brown as Susanna, Jacob Williams as Cherubino, Claire Houghton-Renoe as Fanchetta, Lee-Ron as Doublehand, and also featuring Linda Giron, Jane Schoenfeld, and Brandon Dellis.
*What about Mozart?
Beaumarchais wrote the play first, in French. It was some time before it finally made it past the the censors, but eventually it became the most successful stage play to be produced in France in the
18th century. It was the second in his trilogy that began with the "The Barber of Seville" and finished with "The Guilty Mother". Mozart, who was Austrian, adapted it into the very successful opera
"The Marriage of Figaro" with a libretto in Italian. Some time after that Rossini turned "The Barber of Seville" into an equally successful opera, also in Italian. Our production is based on the original stage play, still funny and relevant today!
*The Marriage of Figaro - The classic play by Beuamarchais, directed by Susannah Wood - weekends July 2nd - July 17th, 2016, John Hinkel Park.
*Twelfth Night - by Shakespeare, directed by Michael R. Cohen - weekends August 20nd - September 5th, 2015, John Hinkel Park.
More info always at our website www.aeofberkeley.org
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