- ST. AUGUSTINE – Composer Stephen Sondheim’s debut as both composer and lyricist will take the stage this spring at Flagler College, as the Department of Theatre Arts presents a new take on his collaboration with Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” from March 8 to March 12.
Inspired by the collected plays of Roman playwright Plautus, the production follows the story of Pseudolus, a slave who deploys many tactics in order to earn his freedom. Pseudolus attempts to arrange a secret meeting between his master and a new arrival at the House of Marcus Lycus, a neighboring brothel. Through the course of his actions, Pseudolus encounters one complication after another until he finds himself caught in a massive web that plays perfectly into the farcical style of the show.
Flagler senior Becca Woods, previously seen as “Shelby” in the college’s hit production of the musical “Spitfire Grill” last spring and as “Mistress” in the award-winning production of “The Maids” last fall, will play the role of Pseudolus.
“A Funny Thing…Forum” features a unique approach to the construction of the set known as “found-object,” which places the spectacle of the story on the shoulders of the actors, thus becoming an actor-driven aesthetic. This concept forces both the company of actors and the audience to bring with them their imaginations and open-minds.
The production will be performed in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., March 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, available online at flagler.universitytickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased directly at the box office beginning March 6, Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain. Students (non-Flagler students) with their ID may receive a discounted $5 ticket. Flagler faculty, staff and students may obtain one free ticket directly at the box office. The box office phone number is 904-826-8600.
\“A Funny Thing…Forum” contains, adult themes, gag-violence, and may not be suitable for younger audience members. Parental discretion is advised.
For more information on “A Funny Thing…Forum” or the Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts, please contact Andrea McCook, Theater Arts Department Chair at (904) 819-6401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To visit Flagler Theatre productions, go to http://www.flagler.edu/theatre.