Mar.6-10: MMC Theatre Production of Triumph of Love
February 22, 2013
Marymount Manhattan Students Perform New Staging of Triumph of Love
For a play that’s nearing its 300th birthday, Pierre de Marivaux’s Le Triomphe de l’amour doesn’t seem to be showing its age – in Marymount Manhattan’s upcoming production of James Magruder’s musical adaptation, Triumph of Love, a crew of students and faculty have collaborated to present the work in a relevant and engaging new style.
Performances: March 6th – 9th at 8:00 pm; Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 pm
Tickets: General Admission: $10; senior citizens & students with valid ID: $5; TDF vouchers accepted. Admission is free for MMC students, alumni, faculty and staff with valid MMC ID card.
Reservations & Information: (212) 774-0760 or in person at the Theatre Office (Reservations begin February 20th at 11AM)
The set, created by design program head Ray Recht, features an unusual seating arrangement known as a thrust stage, in which audience members sit on three sides of the stage. Differing from the more common proscenium stage, the setup allows the actors to engage with the audience in a more personal way.
“In some ways, Marivaux’s more relevant today than he was in his time,” says Professor Kevin Connell, the play’s director. “The characters’ facades, which are essentially archetypes of philosophy, get broken down as the characters find humanity and love.”
The play, a chamber musical, will be performed by a nine student cast – a much smaller group than a typical musical. Also unusually, every cast member will be featured in a song.
“We wanted to do a newer script but perform a piece that’s already in the canon,” explains Professor Connell. “I explore adaptation in my personal scholarship, and this was an opportunity to perform a great work in theater history but to do it in an updated way. It’s challenging for the actors’ chops – everyone carries their own weight.”
The play, which also features light design by Devon Brown ’13 and incorporates dramaturgical notes from student researcher Kelsey Shapira, will be performed from March 6 to 8 at 8 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. Reservations are available at (212) 774-0760 or in person at the Theatre Office.