By Andrew Angelo
Final rehearsals have been polishing last minute details. The curtain goes up tomorrow night in the Helen Devitt Jones Theater for this semester’s play called “Comedy of Masks” Commedia del Arte.
Dan Nazworth, chair of the SPC Fine Arts Department, says Commedia was developed during the Renaissance Period, and it was very popular during the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe.
“Our play is a modern play written using the stock characters of Commedia,” Nazworth says. “It is farce based on misplaced love and the chase of happiness.”
Nazworth explains most of Commedia had the same characters. These included a young couple, who are the only characters that don’t wear masks at all. It also includes a dottore (doctor from Bologna) and a Pantalone (a foolish old man). Each character, he says, has a specific mask and costume designed for them.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. each night Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11. The Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased here. They are $5 for students and $8 for non-students. Admission is free for faculty and staff.