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The Beaux Stratagem
University of Virginia Department of Drama
February 2011
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Department of Drama
University of Virginia
Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s
adaptation of
The Beaux’ Stratagem
By George Farquhar
Directed by Betsy Tucker
Scenic & Costume Design by Bill Clarke
Lighting Design by Mickie Marie
Sound Design by Max Krembs
Vocal Direction by Kate Burke
Choreography and Fight Direction by Marianne Kubik
Technical Direction by Alan Perez
Production Stage Management by Tyler Forrest
The scenic and costume designer of this production is represented by
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.
This production uses the Contract Management Program of the
University/Resident Theatre Association, Inc. (212) 221-1130.
World Premiere Produced by
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Michael Kahn Nicholas T. Goldborough
Artistic Director Managing Director
SCENE OF THE ACTION
Lichfield, England, 1707
There will be one 15-minute intermission.
CAST
in order of appearance
Boniface ………………………………………………………………….James Scales
Cherry …………………………………………………………………….Sylvia Kates
Daniel …………………………………………………………………Doug Dunphy
A Lady …………………………………………………………………Maya Allicock
Jack Archer………………………………………………………………Justin Smith
Tom Aimwell …………………………………………………….Daniel Prillaman
Gloss ……………………………………………………………..Jeremy O. Caplin*
Mrs. Kate Sullen …………………………………………………….Taylor Gaines
Dorinda ……………………………………………………………………Claire Hart
Lady Bountiful …………………………………………………..Catherine White
Scrub……………………………………………………….A. A. “Corbin” Puryear
A Country Woman………………………………………………………Kate Woff
Sullen……………………………………………………………….Tom Christensen
Servant…………………………………………………………………Allison Abbott
Hounslow…………………………………………………………….Ahmad Helmy
Bagshot……………………………………………………………..Sam McClelland
Sir Charles Freeman……………………………………………….Kennan Grant
Foigard ………………………………………………………………Jason Carpenter
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Farquhar, like his fellow comic playwrights Sheridan, Goldsmith, Shaw,
Wilde, and Beckett, was born in Ireland. One of seven children of a clergyman
of modest means, Farquhar entered Trinity College, Dublin at seventeen,
perhaps intending to follow his father into the church. He soon left however,
perhaps because his patron died, perhaps because he was expelled for a profane
joke. He then acted on the Dublin stage, but during a fencing scene in
Dryden’s Indian Emperor he nearly fatally stabbed a fellow actor and soon left
Dublin to find his fortune in London.
The little we know of Farquhar’s short life is echoed in bits and pieces of
his several plays, most particularly The Recruiting Officer and The Beaux’
Stratagem. He spent his twenties in London working both as a playwright and
a recruiting officer—for Wellington’s army, the church, or marrying a rich
woman, were the secure options for gentlemen of little means. At twenty-five
he married a rich widow with several daughters. She turned out to be not
wealthy at all, though he, apparently, never complained about the bargain.
In his twenty-ninth year with rapidly failing health, Farquhar wrote the
The Beaux’ Stratagem in six weeks, encouraged by his friend the actor John
Wilks.Wilks got the play on stage and played Archer for its long and very successful
run, but Farquhar lived for less than a month after it opened.
In 1939 Thornton Wilder (Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth) started an
adaptation of Farquhar’s comedy. His affinity for Farquhar does not seem
unusual to me, for both playwrights seem to have generous comic spirits—to
really like people. They both also have a good deal of wit and take delight in
theatrical forms that admit the audience into the world of the play.
Wilder abandoned his adaptation when it was halfway done, and the project
was evidently forgotten thereafter. But the completed half was discovered
among Yale’s collection of Wilder’s papers by his nephew, and in 2004 the
Wilder Estate commissioned Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon over
Buffalo) to complete a

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Armillary Sphere: Justin Tunley, 1995
Mild steel, laser cut and painted
The Labyrinth, near Silbury Boulevard
Commissioned by Midsummer Housing Association and donated to Milton Keynes Parks Trust

An armillary sphere is a model of the ancient celestial sphere used to fix the positions of heavenly bodies. A central ‘gnomon’ or shadow caster, runs through the centre of the sphere, parallel to the earth’s axis. The gnomon casts a vertical shadow over the inside face of the planetary ring running around it. As the earth rotates, the relative positions of the sun, gnomon and planetary ring change, moving the shadow in a clockwise direction. The distinctive series of vertical and angled cuts around the planetary ring represent Roman numerals; those on the lower face representing Greenwich mean time, and those on the upper face, British summertime. The large holes running along the band’s centre mark the hours, the smaller holes represent 10 minute intervals. Justin Tunley is a designer and artist who lives and works in Milton Keynes.

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