HAVERHILL, MA - “The Beaux’ Stratagem,” a 300 year-old comedy first adapted in 1939, finished in 2004, and premiered in 2006, will be presented by the Northern Essex Community College Top Notch Players April 5, 6, and 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m., April 11 at 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m., in the Chet Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus.
Written by George Farquhar in 1707, “The Beaux’ Stratagem” was adapted by Thornton Wilder and eventually completed by Ken Ludwig. It tells the story of two young men who have spent their money enjoying the high life in London. Having nearly run out of funds Tom and Jack hit the road and take turns posing as a gentleman or his servant. Their plan (the stratagem of the title) is to find a wealthy heiress for one, who would then support the other. Along the way they find themselves in an inn peopled with highwaymen. Lady Bountiful, who lives near the inn, has a lovely daughter, and a daughter-in-law who is unhappily married to her drunken son. When a plan to rob Lady Bountiful is discovered, Tom and Jack try to thwart the rogues, with the help of the young women.
Tickets for the production are $10.00 for general admission and $8.00 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at mvarts.info or at the door.
Susan Sanders, Coordinator of NECC Theater and Technical Director of the Top Notch Players at NECC is directing the play. Madeleine Eames of West Newbury and Julia Crozier of Boston are interpreters in our Interpreting Program who will sign the play at the April 14th matinee at 3:00 p.m. This performance is open to the public.
Area cast members include Matthew Lundergan, Raymond, as Stage Manager