Written in the 1730's and translated to modern English by Stephen Wadsworth, this gender bending French farce is described as a play for those who like Valentine's Day and even for those who don't.
The characters include: Princess Leonide, played by Kari Jo Tiede, a junior Elementary Education major from New York, N.Y.; Hermocrate, played by Andrew Eskelund, a freshman from Washington D.C. majoring in Physics; Leontine, played by Christina Deems, a junior History and Culture Studies major from Canonsburg, Pa.; Agis, played by Shane Buydasz, a freshman Art major from Canonsburg, Pa.; Corine/Hermidas, played by Lindsay Antonik, a senior Theatre major from Hamburg, Pa.; Harelequin, played by Keven Widner, a sophomore Religious Studies major, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and the gardener Dimas, played by Charles Wilfong, a senior Visual Arts major from Austintown, Ohio.
The plot concerns Princess Leonide, and her arrival at the country estate of Hermocrate, a rationalist philosopher who teaches a disdain of love, emotion and women. The princess disguises herself as a man and proceeds to seduce Hermocrate, his sister Leontine and his ward, the rightful prince Agis, who is also the princess’s true love. Aiding and abetting her schemes are her servants Corine/Hermidas, Harelequin and the gardener Dimas.
The play is directed by Luke Hardt with technical direction by Brian Huggins. The assistant director is Elizabeth Brewer, a senior Theatre major from Pottstown, Pa. and the stage manager is Julie Giesbrecht, a sophomore Philosophy major from Westminster, Colo.
The show will run at 8:00 p.m. each night in Wailes Theater on the Bethany College campus. Admission is free or by donation and reservations are requested and can be made by calling (304) 829-7124.