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Students to Perform "Thieves' Carnival"

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, Conn. - Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Program will perform "Thieves' Carnival" from March 8-11 and March 13-14 at the Harry Hope Theatre, located in Shafer Hall at the corner of High and Valley Streets. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on March 8-10 and March 13-14. The show opens at 4 p.m. on March 11. 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.

"Thieves' Carnival," written by French playwright Jean Anouilh in 1932 and translated by Lucienne Hill, is directed by J.J. Cobb, assistant professor of theatre. The play focuses on a thief and his two apprentices, who are in disguise and invited to stay at a wealthy family's estate. The thieves try to rob the family through deception and wit.

"Love-struck heiresses, pickpockets and world-weary provocateurs take turns playing the fool in this updated classic," said Cobb.

Anouilh categorized "Thieves' Carnival" as a "pièce rose," a pleasant play that uses comedy and emulates the styles of Molière and Marivaux. The performance is also influenced by "commedia dell'arte," which allows for physical clowning.

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

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