Timeless Play Presented by Top Notch Players
“The Beaux Stratagem,” a 300 year-old comedy first adapted in 1939, finished in 2004, and premiered in 2006, will be presented by the Northern Essex Community College Top Notch Players April 5, 6, and 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., April 11 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in the Chet Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
Written by George Farquhar in 1707, “The Beaux Stratagem” was adapted by Thornton Wilder and eventually completed by Ken Ludwig. It tells the story of two young men who have spent their money enjoying the high life in London. Having nearly run out of funds Tom and Jack hit the road and take turns posing as a gentleman or his servant. Their plan (the stratagem of the title) is to find a wealthy heiress for one, who would then support the other. Along the way they find themselves in an inn peopled with highwaymen. Lady Bountiful, who lives near the inn, has a lovely daughter, and a daughter-in-law who is unhappily married to her drunken son. When a plan to rob Lady Bountiful is discovered, Tom and Jack try to thwart the rogues, with the help of the young women.
Wilder began the adaptation in 1939 but never finished; in the summer of 2004, Wilder’s estate asked Ludwig to complete the adaptation. The resulting play had its world première production in November 2006 at The Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, D.C.
Tickets for the production are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at mvarts.info or at the door.
Susan Sanders, Coordinator of NECC Theater and Technical Director of the Top Notch Players at NECC is directing the play.
Madeleine Eames of West Newbury and Julia Crozier of Boston are interpreters in our Interpreting Program who will sign the play at the April 14th matinee at 3 p.m. This performance is open to the public.
The cast includes:
Dustin Kelly as Bagshot
Lissangy Rodriguez as Lady Bountiful
Coty Markee as Scrub
Thera May Driscoll in charge of Costumes
Katelyn Demers as Lady
Amanda Kehoe crew member
Orlik Guzman – hair and make-up
Will MacDonald as Jack Archer
Stephanie Bisono as Nellie
Adrian Peguero as Boniface
Kiara Pichardo as Cherry
Brian Cabrera as Aimwell
Samantha Wheatley as Dorinda
Arthur Gomez as Reverend Foigard
Alicia D’Olimpio as Mrs. Sullen
Rob Hewey as Sir Charles
Maurice Petersen as Hounslow
Alexyss Langevin as Country Woman
Conor Miller as Sullen
Matthew Lundergan – Stage Manager
Matt Lewis as Reverend Gloss