Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) presents Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of “The Beaux’ Stratagem,” by George Farquhar. The show opens Friday, April 12 and runs until Sunday, April 21. The play tells story of two young London bucks, Aimwell (Matt Carlson of Lockport) and Archer (Mike Wall of Waconda), who roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant - exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell sets his sights on the eligible bachelorette Dorinda (Nicole Reidy of Darien) and Archer angles for the unhappily married Mrs. Sullen (Victoria Vega of Burbank). The pair set out to take hold of the ladies’ wealth before they can be exposed for their true identities. The play is a new adaptation that dips one stockinged toe in the 18th century and another in the 21st.
Jo Slowik of Joliet directs the cast of 16 Lewis University students. Other members of the cast include: Greg Rossbach of Crete, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Bryan Lochner of Essex, Briana Reidy of Darien, Kamil Borowski of Stickney, Kate O’Neil of Yorkville, Melanie Gillies of Lombard, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, Matt Dutton of Chicago, Zachary Guzan of Cleveland, Ohio, Adam Smetana of Racine, Wisc., and international student, Carlos Alberto Rojas Avila of Bolivia.
Student members of the design team include Mary Bradley of Palos Heights (stage manager), Melissa Chicola of Lockport (set design), Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest (assistant stage manager), Jessie Richey of McHenry (lighting design) Ross Reed of Country Club Hills (light board operator), Annie Martello of Morris (sound design and operator), Melanie Gilles of Lombard (properties), and Jenni Beck of Rock Falls and Cat Levins of Bolingbrook (properties assistants). Faculty members Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Harold McCay of Joliet (set and lights mentor) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director) provide artistic collaboration.
The show is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up and will run April 12-14 and April 18-21. Evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. A matinee will also be performed at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and $2 for Lewis students with their student IDs. Tickets are $8 for groups of 15 or more, a savings of more than 10 percent off the original ticket price. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, call the PLT box office at (815) 836-5500, from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday , or by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Philip Lynch Theatre is located on the main campus of Lewis University, Oremus Fine Arts Building on Route 53 in Romeoville.
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