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She Stoops to Conquer taking the Fine Arts Auditorium stage Nov. 8-11

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She Stoops to Conquer taking the Fine Arts Auditorium stage Nov. 8-11

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is submitting Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy She Stoops to Conquer or The Mistakes of a Night, for consideration to attend the regional American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) competition this year. The drama department has been rehearsing for weeks and will be performing the play November 8–11, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Full-time EAC students can attend free with student ID.

She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy by the Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, first performed in 1773. It is one of the few plays from the 18th century to have an enduring appeal, and is still regularly performed today. The central plot follows Charles Marlow, a wealthy young man who is being forced by his family to consider a potential bride he has never met. He is anxious about meeting her; he suffers from shyness around women of some wealth, but around women of the lower classes transforms into a positively lecherous rogue. He sets out for the Hardcastle’s manor with a friend, George Hastings, himself an admirer of Miss Constance Neville, another young lady who lives at the Hardcastle’s. During the journey the two men become lost and stop at The Three Pigeons for directions.

Tony Lumpkin comes across the two strangers, and realizing their identity, plays a practical joke by telling them that they are a long way from their destination and will have to stay overnight at an inn. The “inn” he directs them to is in fact the home of his parents, the Hardcastles. When they arrive, the Hardcastles, who have been expecting them, go out of their way to make them welcome. However, Marlow and Hastings, believing themselves in an inn, behave in a fashion not suited to such manors.

The hilarity ensues as Tony’s sister, Kate, our bride-to-be, learning of the error and also acquainted with her suitor’s shyness, masquerades as a serving-maid in order to get to know him. Marlow falls in love with her and plans to elope with her but, because she appears of a lower class, acts in a very bawdish manner around her.

Tickets for She Stoops to Conquer are on sale at the EAC Ticket office at 428-8228 and will also be available at the door.