URI Theatre to present French farce A Flea In Her Ear, Feb 25-March 7

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KINGSTON, R.I. –Febuary 10, 2010 –The University of Rhode Island Department of Theatre will present David Ives’ version of George Feydeau’s farce A Flea In Her Ear.

The play is considered one of the greatest French farces, perhaps the greatest farce ever written.

Admission is $16 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and URI faculty/staff and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 or online at www.uri.edu/theatre.

The play will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. It runs Feb. 25 through 27 and March 4 through 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 28 and March 7 at 3 p.m.

Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, a placid and successful insurance executive, is secretly having an affair. To find out, she and her friend Lucienne write him an anonymous love letter suggesting a rendezvous at the shady Frisky Puss Hotel.

Thinking the letter was intended for his coworker, the gigolo Tournel, Victor sends Tournel off to make the rendezvous in his place. Meanwhile, Lucienne’s jealous Spanish husband shows up with pistols and Camille, Victor’s nephew, fails to warn everyone due to his ridiculous speech impediment.

The winner of the 2006 Jefferson Award for best adaptation, the play offers “…a hilarious evening of classic comedy,” according to the Chicago Critic.

The production will be directed by Alan Hawkridge, (The Foreigner, Amadeus and Les Liaisons Dangereuses), costume design by Associate Professor David T. Howard (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Women, The Merchant of Venice), scenic design by visiting guest artist Katryne Hecht, lighting design by visiting guest artist and URI alum Matthew Terry, and sound design by guest artist Michael Hyde.

Members of the cast, their characters, and hometowns are:

Cast, Character, Hometown

Erick Betancourt, Owner of Frisky Puss, Johnston

Collin Brown, Rugby, Saunderstown

Albert Coelho, Homenides, East Providence

Jesse Dufault, Tournel, Narragansett

Benjamin Grills, Victor Emmanuel Chandebise, Westerly

Kira Hawkridge, Eugenie, Pawtucket

Michael Puppi, Camille, Narragansett

Betsy Rinaldi, Lucienne, Coventry

Benjamin Rose, Dr. Finache, Charlestown

Hillary Scofield, Antoinette, Exeter

Johnny Sederquist, Baptiste, Middleboro, Mass.

Caitlin Tango, Olympia, Ridgefield, Conn.

Katie Travers, Raymond Chandebise, Franklin, Mass.

Birk Wozniak, Etienne, North Kingstown

Pictured above

URI students (from left) Ben Grills of Westerly, Katie Travers of Franklin, Mass., Jesse Dufault of Narragansett, Betsy Rinaldi of Coventry, and Albert Coelho of East Providence star in URI Theatre’s production of A Flea in Her Ear. URI Theatre photo by Randy Osga.