Classics Theater of Rochester continues its SHAW series at MuCCC in August, 2015, with the very popular comedy, “Candida”. After staging George Bernard Shaw’s “Plays Unpleasant” (Widowers’ Houses, Mrs. Warren’s Profession and The Philanderer) the past three seasons, Rochester’s only Shaw troupe now turns its sights to Shaw’s “Plays Pleasant”.
In “Candida”, Shaw presents a minister’s wife compelled to choose between her staid husband, the Rev. James Morell, and a mysterious young suitor, Eugene Marchbanks. A scoundrel of a father-in-law, a fawning intern and a conflicted secretary add to the comedy and Shaw takes ample opportunity for social commentary, as always, challenging Victorian standards, especially those involving marriage.
Performances are scheduled for August 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8PM and August 16 at 2PM.
$15, student $12.
Classics Theater of Rochester is proud to present its fourth annual George Bernard Shaw production with the staging of Candida in mid-August at the Multi-use Cultural Community Center (MuCCC) . A lighter comedy and part of Shaw’s “Plays Pleasant,” Candida (1898) lampoons the political and religious institutions of his day while challenging societal assumptions about marital roles.
In the play, a minister’s wife (Candida) is pursued by an idealistic young poet and is asked to choose between her staid husband and her handsome young suitor. A fussy secretary, an inept junior cleric and Candida’s scoundrel father add to the comedy as Shaw addresses “The Woman Question” at the dawn of the twentieth century with themes that still resonate today.
“Shaw’s plays continue to draw good audiences, as our three previous productions have shown,” says James Landers, founder of Classics Theater of Rochester and director of the production. “Last year’s production ofThe Philanderer was such a success that we have expanded our program to two weekends this summer. The newly renovated venue at the Multi-use Cultural Community Center has become a great place to take in some Shaw on a warm summer evening.”
This summer’s production features local comedian, writer and actor, Karen Craft in the title role. Karen is the founder of the Polite Ink improv-comedy troupe, and co-creator of the original stage play, The Kingdom Next to Fid. She is supported by a cast of experienced local actors including Ted Wenskus (Rev. Morell), Fred Pienkoski (Eugene Marchbanks), Kathy Coughenour (Proserpine), Joe Edizel (Lexy Mill), and Andrew Cowen (Mr. Burgess).
“Our program continues to attract some of the finest local actors,” adds Landers. “Many of our patrons enjoy both the professional Shaw productions at Niagara-on-the-Lake and our more modest non-professional productions here in town.”
Six performances are scheduled at the newly remodeled, air-conditioned, MuCCC Theater at 142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, NY. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on August 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 and at 2:00 p.m. on August 16. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and are available through the MuCCC website and at the door. http://muccc.org/events/