PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will present “The Pleasure Men” Nov. 21-24 in the studio theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.
“The Pleasure Men” is a deconstruction of Mae West’s infamous 1928 play, “The Pleasure Man.” The production portrays West as a character, and connects the play in relevant and revealing ways to contemporary life.
In addition to rehearsals, the cast is taking a course called “Actor as Creator” where they are learning the process and theory of devising a work. When rehearsals begin, they will have opportunities to apply the theory they learn in class.
“The Pleasure Men” is a physical theatre work containing original music, popular jazz music, acrobatics, aerial silks, drama, improvisation, comedy and fabulous drag queens and kings.
Director Robin Marcotte ’00 explains that West’s original production was the first to “queer” Broadway by inviting drag queens from Harlem to portray themselves on the Broadway stage. Police raided the production and the entire cast, as well as Mae West, was arrested and charged with indecency. All were eventually acquitted by a jury.
“This production is for mature audiences, and those who do not blush easily,” Marcotte says.
In his career, Marcotte has focused on creating socially engaged works for theatre. “Sexuality and status are of keen interest in an undergraduate experience and well beyond. This creation process is a way for the students to explore, comment and express their views artistically,” he says.
The production includes Darcy Graham, a junior theatre arts major from Manchester, as the stage manager and Kyle Quirion, a senior music education major from Derby, Vt., as music director.
Cast members are Jason Faria, a senior theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass. as Paradise; Evan Grande, a junior theatre arts major from Kingston, Mass. As Terrill; and Sarah LaCount, a senior theatre arts major from Manchester as Mae West. Also Julia Arey, a sophomore theatre arts major from Tewksbury, Mass., Alexa Pervanas, a senior theatre arts and communications and media studies double major from Bedford; Beau James, a senior theatre arts major from Nashua; Nicky Mandiola, a senior theatre arts major from Merrimack; Chase Perkins, a junior theatre arts major from Manchester and Rebecca Martin, a senior theatre arts major with dance minor from Rochester.
Tickets for “The Pleasure Men” are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Information about the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is online at Plymouth.edu/department/mtd.
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