On Our Shelves Now
9 to 10m., 5 to 6w., 1 to 5 either gender.
Translated and adapted by Greg Leaming. From Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon.
Lucienne Vatelin is being pursued by the ardent and love-struck Eugene Pontagnac, but the virtuous and faithful woman believes in fidelity. Only when her own husband strays would she pursue a lover of her own. The arrival of Marta Ziegler, an old lover of Lucienne's husband, brings chaos into the household, and Lucienne throws herself into the arms of her husband's best friend to wreak revenge. But on the boulevard, nothing is ever this simple! A prize-winning German boxer, his love-sick wife, an elderly American couple traveling to Paris for the first time, and an assortment of managers, servants, bellboys and ladies of the evening all arrive on the same night at a local hotel where a horrible night of mistaken identities and slamming doors keeps everyone from getting what they need. In a last act of desperation, Lucienne now seeks revenge in the arms of a family friend, making sure that her husband will catch her in flagrante delicto! But when all seems hopeless, true love untangles every bit of mistaken identity, leaving one very happy couple and some very frustrated young suitors.
About the Author
Greg Leaming is the director of the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and is associate artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre. For Asolo Rep, he directed his own translation/adaptation of Maurice Hennequin and Pierre Veber’s Anything to Declare? as well as Ah, Wilderness!, Good People, Boeing-Boeing, God of Carnage, Other Desert Cities, Hearts, The Imaginary Invalid, The Play’s the Thing and the world premiere of Jason Wells’ Men of Tortuga. He directed his own translation/adaptation of Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear at Classical Theatre Company of Dallas, where it won the Dallas Theatre Critics Association Award for best direction and the Leon Rabin Award nomination for best new play. For Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., he directed Arms and the Man and the world premieres of Going Native by Steven Drukman, Abstract Expression by Theresa Rebeck, The Third Army by Joe Sutton, Syncopation by Alan Knee and An Infinite Ache by David Schulner. As artistic director of Portland Stage Company (1992-1996), he directed, among many other plays, the world premieres of Losing Father’s Body, Church of the Sole Survivor and Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw. Others credits include George Street Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage Company, Stamford Center for the Arts, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Sedona, Stage West Theatre and Philadelphia Drama Guild. Leaming has devoted much time developing new plays with organizations including New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Gathering at Bigfork and Theatre of the First Amendment.