University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Theatre

Compleat Female Stage Beauty

by Jeffrey Hatcher


Performance Information

Director
SARAH E. CARLETON
Scenic Design
JEFF MODEREGER
Costume Design
MARTIN A. THALER
Lighting Design
JOHN B. FORBES
Production Stage Manager
EMILY C. HAYES
Sound Designer
KYLE STETSON

Cast:
NICK HAPHSE Samuel Pepys ADAM YEAGER GOULD Edward Kynaston
RICHARD HUTCHINSON Thomas Betteron MATTHEW TROLLINGER Male Emilia/Ruffian
WILL DUANE Villiars, Duke of Buckingham HAYLEY SMITH Maria
JESS HODGE Miss Frayne RACHEL BRUCE Lady Meresvale
BRETTON JOHN REIS Sir Charles Sedley JENN STAPLES Nell Gwynn
EDWARD C. NAGEL Charles II NILSEN SCHILLING Hyde
JANA POLLACK Margaret Hughes JOEL JUKOSKY Thug/Ruffian
WILL KEMP Sir Peter Lelly/Courtier SEAN RAPHEAL Sir Thomas Killigrew/Courtier
ABBY TEMELES Mrs. Elizabeth Barry/Courtier SOPHIA LAPAGLIA Mistress Revels
ELIZABETH BAXTER Hooligan EMILY LAHTEINE Hooligan
MARK LEACH Bouncer Ruffian

Synopsis:
The most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage was "Kynaston." Like every other player permitted to enact such roles, Kynaston was a man. A celebrity shining bright at the crest of the Restoration, Ned is applauded onstage and off for his interpretations of Shakespeare's tragic ladies: especially his Desdemona and his famous "death scene." He's the toast of the town and the secret "mistress" of the Duke of Buckingham. But when Margaret Hughes plays Desdemona one night at an illegal theater, instead of stopping the show, King Charles II changes the law to allow women to act. By the stroke of a pen, Kynaston's world is turned upside-down. As such women as the king's own courtesan and Kynaston's former dresser become stars, his own light begins to fade until fate gives him the chance to take to the stage again.

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