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Eastern to Present Hasty Bauble

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Performing Arts Department will present "Hasty Bauble" from Dec. 3 to 6 in the Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on the evenings of Dec. 3, 4 and 5, and a matinee will be presented at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 for Eastern students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
            "Hasty Bauble," an adaptation of William Wycherley's "The Country Wife," is adapted and directed by J.J. Cobb, Eastern's assistant professor of acting. It is the culmination of this semester's Great Roles: Period Styles of Acting course, which allows actors to explore the manners and dress of the Restoration period.

The play revolves around the rakish Harry Horner, a man returning from abroad who claims he is a eunuch to gain the trust of London's aristocratic husbands. The unsuspecting husbands leave their wives in the company of, who takes advantage of the husbands' ignorance and seduces the all-too-willing wives. The jealous, middle-aged Pinchwife introduces his new bride, the ignorant "country wife" Margery, into society. Margery also falls for Horner, despite her husband's dominance over their marriage. The subplot contains the true love story of Harcourt and Alithea, who is already engaged to the foppish Sparkish.

"'The Country Wife' is the best representation of the raucous, raw and mostly irreverent way playwrights addressed romantic love during the Restoration period," says Cobb. "The manners are used as a ruse, a fa├žade to hide all the lust and deception. Trust me, after watching the 'China scene,' the audience will definitely know this is not just a play about a bunch of people in plumed hats. The wit and innuendo are deliciously raunchy."

For reservations, call the Harry Hope Box Office at (860) 465-5123.


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