University of Vermont

'The Beaux' Stratagem' Takes the Royall Tyler Stage Feb. 16-26

The UVM Department of Theatre concludes its 2011-2012 season with the Restoration comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem by George Farquhar adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig. Directed by Professor Sarah Carleton (You Can’t Take it With You, Cloud 9 and Compleat Female Stage Beauty), the performance runs Feb. 16-18 and 23-26 at Royall Tyler Theatre.

The cast, filled with familiar faces from past productions, includes Ian Oliver, Hannah Brown, Natalie Battistone, Alice Corvo, Tommy Grassey, Andy Friedland, Alex Koch, Marykate Scanlon, Rachel Warren, Grace Trapnell, Kody Grassett, Aimee Beach, Aidan Holding, Ryan Howland, Hunter Congleton, Colby Morgan and Jonah Kasper. Scenic design is by Chad Bigelow '12, costumes by Professor Martin Thaler, lighting by Professor John. B Forbes and sound by David Luongo '12.

The original version of The Beaux’ Stratagem was first performed in London in 1707. Thornton Wilder adapted it in 1939, though it was not finished. That opportunity, passed on from Wilder's estate, went to Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor), who completed work on it in time for the new version's debut in 2006. Three centuries in the making, the play takes on love, money and marriage, proving that when it comes to matters of the heart anything can happen no matter how carefully planned.

Tickets are available online at, by phone (802) 656-2094, or by walk-up at the Box Office. American Sign Language and audio description will be provided at the Feb. 26 performance. Group rates and discounts are available.

The Department of Theatre presents its Spring Festival of Plays, featuring senior theatre major projects, April 19 – 22. Learn more on the department's website.