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CCU Theatre presents 'Servant of Two Masters'

February 9, 2012

Coastal Carolina University's Department of Theatre presents Carlo Goldoni's play "Servant of Two Masters." The production will take place from Thursday, Feb. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 18, and again from Wednesday, Feb. 22, to Saturday Feb. 25, at the Edwards Theatre in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

The play centers on the chronically hungry and zany servant Arlecchino. When a man believed to be dead shows up at the house of his former fiance, Arlecchino hatches a scheme to double his wages (and meals) by serving two masters at once. "Servant of Two Masters" is filled with mistaken identities, reunited lovers and over-the-top hilarity, and is considered one of the greatest achievements in Italian comedy.

The cast is entirely made up of Coastal Carolina students. The cast includes: Matthew McCoy as Arlecchino, Haley Chapel as Beatrice Rasponi, Dan Wilt as Florindo Aretusi, Jackie Irving as Columbina, Caleb Brannen as Pantalone, Nate Quetel as Dr. Lombardi and Leslie Miller as Clarice.

Joe Dieffenbacher, who wrote this adaptation of Goldoni's play, directs the production. Dieffenbacher is a former circus clown and elephant jumper as well as a physical comedian. He has worked with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The B!G Show, Nakupelle and many others. He is a master teacher in the art of clown, mask performance and design, and slapstick. His teaching credentials include classes at Dell Arte School in California, Teaterstudion in Stockholm, the Belfast Community Circus and several universities throughout North America and Europe.

General admission is $15; CCU and HGTC faculty/staff (two tickets per valid ID), alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and senior citizens are $10; and CCU and HGTC students (one ticket per valid ID), teenagers (ages 11 to 17), and children (ages 10 and under who must be accompanied by an adult) are $5. For tickets and additional information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 843-349-2502.