“The Servant of Two Masters” opens April 11 at SUNY New Paltz

The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents “The Servant of Two Masters,” a modern adaptation of a commedia dell’arte classic about a troupe of wildly self-obsessed actors up against hard economic times.

Performances will be given April 11 – 14 and 25 – 28 at Parker Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

This production is directed by Lauren Bone Noble, adjunct faculty of theatre arts, and is an adaptation by Oded Gross and Tracy Young of the original play written by Carlo Goldoni in 1746.

The theatrical company at the center of this hilarious tale is forced to resort to absurd measures to perform a play about star crossed lovers, old misers demanding their share, and struggling servants trying to keep it all together.

“This production is a play within a play,” said Bone Noble. “These layers of comedy serve to crank up the humor and send the imagined company of actors into hysterics as they endeavor to perform the play without a director and missing an actor.”

Bone Noble said audiences can expect an evening of “pure comedy,” and that she is excited to bring the high physical style of commedia dell’arte to the Parker Theatre stage.

“The modern actor and audience rarely get to experience this wonderful theatrical form,” said Bone Noble. “I am thrilled to introduce it to our student actors and present it to our audiences.

Tickets are $18 for general public; $16 for seniors (62+), SUNY New Paltz faculty/staff, SUNY New Paltz alumni and non-New Paltz students; and $10 for SUNY New Paltz students.

Use this link to purchase tickets online, or contact the Parker Theatre Box Office at (845) 257-3880 or boxoffice@newpaltz.edu. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is also open for one hour prior to each performance.

Visit the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz for more information.

About the Director
Lauren Bone Noble is an artist and educator who lives on a small farm in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Bone Noble received her BFA from the University of Memphis and her MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Bone Noble has worked previously with playwright Oded Gross, appearing as the servant Osif in his adaptation of “The Government Inspector” at the Franklin Stage Company. Most recently, Bone Noble premiered her original one-woman clown show, “FURY!”  She is the recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.