The Insect Comedy
By Karel Capek
Directed by John Blondell in Porter Theatre, Westmont College
Feb. 27 & Mar. 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 28 & Mar. 5 at 8 p.m.
Mar. 7 at 2 p.m.
In this early 20th century European classic, Czech playwright, novelist, and short story writer Karel Capek creates an allegoric moral fantasy that presents the human condition through the perspective of insects. Capek’s exuberantly theatrical and perceptive play presents a vivid picture of early 20th century European life, a life not too far from our own. In the nearly 100 years since its writing, is the World We Live In actually much different from that of Capek’s? $15 General Admission, $10 Students, Seniors, and Children. For tickets click here !
**On Saturday March 7th, The Insect Comedy plays back-to-back with Lit Moon Theatre's production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (7pm), in an afternoon and evening of two fascinating European plays.
Lit Moon Theatre Presents...
The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by John Blondell
March 7 at 7 pm
March 8 at 3 pm
About Lit Moon’s New Production of “The Cherry Orchard”
“The play is a richly observed, sometimes heart-breaking, and often hilarious picture of a family and period in transition,” says Blondell. “I am interested in creating a rich, luscious, romantic staging of this play, and fill it with an abundant sense of life. I want the stage to bubble with vitality, and for the audience to be swept away by the deep longings and somewhat crazy idiosyncrasies of these plays.”
In the play Lyubov Andreevna (Victoria Finlayson) returns from Paris to find that the family estate is in arrears, and it must be sold. A local businessman Lopakhin (Mitchell Thomas) has an idea to sell the estate, along with the adjacent cherry orchard, in order to develop the property for leisure homes. The ensuing action focuses on whether the estate will be sold, and the implications for the family, servants, and hangers on.
“It presents a quite typical situation in early 20th century Russia, and depicts all the characters as deeply flawed, though imminently interesting and likable,” notes Blondell. “This play resonates deeply with modern American times, especially the recent recession and accompanying mortgage meltdown.”
“The Cherry Orchard” also features Michael Bernard, Brian Harwell, Stan Hoffman, Jeff Mills, Ben Offringa, Nina Sallinen, Paige Tautz, Matthew Tavianini, Chris Wagstaffe, and Lauren White. Music composition and performance is by Jim Connolly, and the lighting design by Jonathan Hicks.