Theatre Preview: The Servant of Two Masters

By Heather DeRosa (’14), photos by Shekinah Davis (’15)

What: The Servant of Two Masters, performed by the George Fox University Theatre Department
When: Oct. 25-27 & Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: University Box Office

The Servant of Two Masters is set to open in Wood-Mar Auditorium tonight. Originally written in 1743 by playwright Carlo Goldoni, the production offers audiences a classic comedy written in the Italian tradition of Commedia Dell’ Arte.

“This play is about a servant who happens upon two different masters and just the chaos that is involved in that because the masters do not know he is serving them both at the same time,” explained stage manager Kimberly Russell, who was careful to not give too much of the story away for those who aren’t familiar with the play. “They are both staying at the same inn in two different rooms. He’s going back and forth between the two. At the same time the two masters are lovers; one is a woman dressed up as a man. There’s just a lot of comedy involved.”

This production is noticeably different than any other production the Theatre Department has attempted. “The Theatre Department is trying to get more variety in the type of shows we do,” said Russell. “They do a lot of acrobatics, a lot of tumbling. The style of comedia is a lot of acrobatic clown type stuff. It’s really over the top. They haven’t really done anything like this before. It was chosen to introduce a new concept of theatre.”

As with any production, the cast and crew have been working on this show for quite some time. “Rehearsals started seven weeks ago,” said Russell. “They rehearse from 7 to 11 p.m. They are learning how to do pyramids, stand on each others’ shoulders and move around the stage. The rehearsals are crazy. I’ve had to tape up so many bloody feet. The set and the costumes, the light and the sound, hair and make up. People put hours and hours into the show. The actors really thrive off of the audiences’ reactions. The whole point is for the audience to enjoy themselves.”

To learn more about upcoming theatre productions, visit the Theatre Department home page.