Irish Classical Theatre opens 2013-14 season
BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | September 08, 2013
BUFFALO, NY - The Irish Classical Theatre Company, recently honored as Best Theatre Company in Buffalo by ARTVOICE for the eighth consecutive year, kicks off its 2013-2014 Season line-up of world-class plays by world-class playwrights with the delightful comedy School for Husbands by Molière, in a brilliant translation in English verse by Pulitzer Prize winner and the second Poet Laureate of the United States, Richard Wilbur. Directed by ICTC Producing Director and multiple ARTIE Award winner Fortunato Pezzimenti, School for Husbands will open at ICTC’s Andrews Theatre on Friday, September 13 and continue through Sunday, October 6, 2013.
In School for Husbands, it is Paris. The weather is fair and “l’amour” is in the air. The old fuddy-duddy Sganarelle insists on a domineering strictness in the education of his young ward Isabelle whom he intends to marry “toute de suite.” However, “mon dieu,” the intrigue mounts as the desperate young lovers and the impudent servants cleverly deceive and dodge the supremely suspicious Sganarelle as he is, unwittingly, about to get punked!
The energetic ensemble boasts Christian Brandjes (American Buffalo, A Couple of Blaguards) as the irascible Sganarelle, perennial ICTC audience favorite Gerry Maher as Ariste and ingénue Kay Kerimian as Sganarelle’s young ward Isabelle. Rounding out the cast in fine comic style are Angie Shriner as Léonor. Jessica Stuber as Lisette, Matthew Nerber as Valère and Kevin Craig as Ergaste.
Supporting the production are Dramaturg Katie Mallinson, Production Stage Manager Renee Radzavich, Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Bath, Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer Brian Cavanagh, Set Designer Freddy Pascolini, Sound Designer Tom Makar, Costume Designer Ann Emo, Assistant Costume Designer Benjamin Streeter and Resident Hair and Make Up Designer Susan Drozd.
Performances will take place at The Andrews Theatre, the home of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, 625 Main Street, Buffalo, Friday, September 13 through Sunday, October 6. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30PM with matinees on Saturday at 3PM and Sunday at 2PM. (EXCEPTION: The Curtain Up! performance on Friday, September 20 will commence at 8PM.)
“ICTC’s 2013-2014 Season has something for everyone – plays spanning centuries and presented at the highest level of artistic excellence. They include international classics; traditional and contemporary; from France, America, England and Ireland; comedies and dramas, to entertain, enlighten and enrich,” said ICTC Co-Founder and Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill, also honored by ARTVOICE as Best Actor for the sixth consecutive year.
“The Season includes the classic plays our audiences love, reimagined.” he continued. “We’ve engaged visionary directors, talented designers and gifted performers to breathe new life into these timeless comedies and classic works of art. In addition, we’ve embraced state-of-the-art technology to make purchasing tickets easier than ever.”
“We’ve complemented our new, user-friendly website with a new mobile site that puts information at your fingertips, so now our patrons can purchase tickets anytime, anywhere. And we’ve streamlined our subscription offerings and are introducing the all-new ICTC membership pass.”
“With the pass, you get 6 tickets to use as you please, plus 2 tickets to use for your guests. Members are also invited to see productions more than once, free of charge. Members also receive free admission to ICTC Special Events, Lectures and Added Shows, and discounts at selected restaurants and shops. And, for this subscription only, we are offering convenient monthly payments of just $18.75 a month to make subscribing to ICTC affordable for all.
“Finally,” O’Neill concluded, “ICTC has a new Opening Night this Season – Friday - in response to requests from our patrons.”