THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS - NWF State College Theater Production

College Production

March 7, 2017-March 12, 2017
Sprint Theater
$15 adult, $10 youth (age 18 & under), NWF Students 1 Free w ID

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College Presents First Ever Repertory at Arts Center - Two Plays in Week of Theatre – March 7 to 12 "The Servant of Two Masters" and "Agnes of God"

The classic comedy THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS and the riveting murder-mystery drama AGNES OF GOD will be presented by the Theater Department of Northwest Florida State College March 7 to 12 in a full week of theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The two different theatrical plays will be presented on alternating nights in venue’s Sprint Theater.

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS appears March 7, 9 and 12 (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. Agnes Of God appears March 8, 10 and 11 (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm.

The Sprint Theater is the smaller of two theater spaces at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and provides an intimate live theater experience with the actors and audience in close proximity.

Tickets are $15 adult and $10 for youth ages 18 and younger. NWF State College students may request one free ticket to each separate play with college ID. Purchase by phone, web or in-person from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. At- the-door seating is available for all show dates starting 90 minutes prior to show time at the Sprint Theater.has a warning for adult language and content. The Servant of Two Masters is suitable for all audiences.

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS - March 7, 9 & 12 Tues., Thurs., & Sun.) at 7:30 pm and Sat. March 11 at 2:00 pm

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, written by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni in the 1700's, is one of the great classic commedia dell'arte plays of world drama. Its physical comedy will delight both young and old alike. Part of the tradition of improvisational street theater in 16th-century Italy, the play features outsized emotions, the spoofing of the rich and powerful, and of course the stock characters such as the elderly miser, the greedy doctor, the naive virgin and the wily servant.

Through physical comedy and the use of masks, THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS tells the story of the exceptionally quirky and comical servant Truffaldino, portrayed by Dre Turner of Valparaiso, who wreaks havoc when he attends two different masters at the same time. Mayhem erupts, identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in the comedic masterpiece.

The other roles in THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERSare: Madalyn Robichaux of Mary Esther, who plays Beatrice a lady of Turin and one of Truffaldino’s masters. John Stackpoole of Niceville plays Florindo, the other Master to Truffaldino, and the love interest of Beatrice. Smeraldina, a feisty servant who is smitten with Truffaldino, is played by Brynne Christie of Niceville.

James Meadows of Ft. Walton Beach portrays Pantalone, a Venetian merchant, and his daughter Clarice is played by Dakota Welborn of Fort Walton Beach Danny Thomas of Niceville portrays Doctor Lombardi and his son, Silvio, is played by Jake Eiche of Destin. The innkeeper Brighella, is played by Josh Birdsong of Destin. The 1st Porter/1st Waiter, is portrayed by Kelly Dunn of Shalimar and the 2nd Porter/2nd Waiter, is played by Sally Yancey of Niceville

Commedia dell'arte is characterized by masked "types" representing fixed social types such as foolish old men, devious servants, etc. that are exaggerated "real characters". Commedia's genesis also has roots in the Carnival tradition in Venice in the 1500’s and is the basis for today's improvisational and stand-up comedy.

AGNES OF GOD - March 8, 10 & 11 (Wed. Fri. & Sat.) at 7:30 pm and Sun. March 12 at 2:00 pm

The college originally presented Agnes of God in March 1997 as the first play to appear in the Sprint Theater when the arts complex first opened. Written by American playwright John Pielmeier and inspired by a true story, Agnes of God tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. The play, which opened on Broadway in 1982 and had over 500 performances, also inspired the award-winning 1985 film. The title of the play is a pun on the Latin phrase Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

Agnes of God relies solely on the three main characters. In the college’s reprise of the drama, the title role of Agnes will be played by Abby Bonilla of Niceville. Alicia Leonard of DeFuniak Springs will portray Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist who is summoned to a convent and charged with assessing the sanity of the novice nun who is accused of murdering her newborn. Mother Superior, played by Sarah Coleman of Niceville, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor.

A psychological war ensues between the well-intentioned psychiatrist and the protective Mother Superior over Agnes’ mental health, allowing the play to explore the stark contrasts of science and religion, facts and faith, as well as innocence, compassion, and humanity. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? These and other searing questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.