PAINESVILLE, Ohio— George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Misalliance” opens Friday, Nov. 13 at Lake Erie College’s C. K. Rickel Theatre. This show is the second in a four-part collaborative theatrical season between Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and Lake Erie College. The project, The Studio Series, is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Directed by Dr. Jerry Jaffe, assistant professor of theatre at LEC, “Misalliance” is a comedy of manners and one of Shaw’s wittier plays. Written in 1910, Shaw offers a study on the question of what becomes of traditional marriage in progressive, turn-of-the-century England.
Within the confines of one afternoon, no less than eight marriage proposals are issued in the country estate of self-made industrialist John Tarleton, played by Greg Gnau. Tarleton’s daughter, Hypatia, played by LEC student Jesse Gobol, is engaged to Bentley (LEC student Justin Keeler), the milquetoast son of Lord Summerhays (Roger Principe) who once asked Hypatia to marry him.
Tarleton’s son, Johnny (Connor McCarthy) and wife (Beverly Kristy) enters the mix as well as a mysterious man (Christopher Ashmun) armed with a gun and a picture of his dead mother, once a lover of Tarleton’s. To top things off, an airplane crashes into the estate’s greenhouse with family friend Joey (LEC alum Richard Keay) piloting the plane carrying the enchantress Lina (Evie Koh).
Shaw, one of the most celebrated playwrights in the English language, wrote over 80 plays. “Pygmalion” and “Arms and the Man” are perhaps his most famous and most frequently produced plays. There are numerous movies and adaptations, including the beloved musical version of “Pygmalion”, “My Fair Lady.” Shaw is also the motivation for the Shaw Festival every year in Ontario, Canada.
“Misalliance” runs Nov. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, guests may add on a pre-show stop at the Steele Mansion in Painesville. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served for an additional $10/person followed by a self-guided tour of the mansion. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations may be made at rabbitrunonline.org. The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., directly across from Lake Erie College.
Tickets for “Misalliance” are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and may be purchased at the door or in advance at rabbitrunonline.org. All seats are general seating. Parking is free.
“Misalliance” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.
Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 33 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports.
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, in Madison, Ohio, is a fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts. RRCAA also operates the historic Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation.
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