The Commedia - The Prince and the Pauper
July 15, July 29, August 5, 2017
By Lane Riosley
The commedia troupe cracks open their big book of stories once again to share Mark Twain’s tale of The Prince and the Pauper. This take on the classic story of mixed-identity is ripe with physical comedy, clowning, antics, and sight gags! This story is especially well-suited for hysterics and commedia charm with our players pretending to be other people… who are pretending to be somebody else themselves!
The Prince and the Pauper tells the story of two boys in England who were born on the same day and look identical, but are unrelated. One is a prince and the other is a pauper. Through unusual circumstances, they meet and exchange clothing, which leads to everyone confusing the identities of the two boys.
The various talents of the actors’ make the play as entertaining and relevant today as they were to the people of Renaissance Europe, when commedia dell’arte was at its height of popularity.