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BORWORDS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
She Stoops to Conquer By OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Note from the Director
DIRECTED BY Phillip Lewis
COSTUMES BY Alison Ennis
DRAMATURGY Ryan Hake Bailey Heinz
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Selima Dougadir
CASTING DIRECTOR Nina Genatossio
She Stoops to Conquer is a timeless piece everyone can observe as the unentertained life. My team and I found the plot’s unveiling of a dual identity or a deceptive nature expressed a need to enjoy the person you are and not to attempt to e anything else. The playwright gives many examples of rags to riches and the frivolous lifestyle gone array. I particularly enjoy the self-criticism both the story and the playwright has. This gives an awareness of the self and a consciousness of one’s own flaw. To laugh at one’s self is to live life to the fullest. The story is essentially a practical joke played on two travelers, Hastings and Marlow. Mrs. Hardcastle’s son, Tony deceives them into believing the house of soon to be acquainted Hardcastle family is actually an inn for lodging. The play spirals out of control with this misunderstanding until everyone is reveled for who they truly are and many of the characters leave getting what they want.
Note from the Technical Director Hi, I am Selima Dougadir and I’m Ryan Hake. We are the wonder twins. Just kidding. We are actually planning out what to say here so Phillip can prettify it and make it awesome though we’re two awesome people only capable of creating awesome things. If you doubt this, check out our Facebook info. We are not on a horse.
ACTORS Geoffrey Rush (Mr. Hardcastle): Is a seasoned actor who has played many noble and proper Englishmen, such as Lionel Logue from The Kings Speech. Mr. Hardcastle, being a man of discipline and tradition, displays qualities of Geoffery Rushes character in Les Miserables Javert. He
was one of 25 people to have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. Apart from being nominated for 4 Academy Awards for acting (winning 1) and 5 BAFTA Awards (winning 3), he has also won 2 Golden Globe and 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards. ‚When people come to me and tell me I was terrific in this or that, I do not want to fall flat on my face the next time. But, tough, I have fallen flat before. You just get up and dust yourself off.‛
Julie Walters (Mrs. Hardcastle): Walters has won numerous other acting awards. Walters met her husband, Grant Roffey, an AA patrol man, in a whirlwind romance. The couple have a daughter, Maisie Mae Roffey (born 1988, City of Westminster, London), but did not marry until 1997, 11 years into their relationship, when they went to New York. The couple live on an organic farm run by Roffey in West Sussex. ‚Being a mother adds another emotional dimension, a feel for children that I didn't have before I had one. They were a pain before.‛
Kiera Knightly (Kate Hardcastle): Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman MacDonald, an award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, a theatre and television actor. Her father is English and her Scottish mother is of half Welsh ancestry. She has an older brother, Caleb. Knightley lived in Richmond, attending
They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice. "Life’s never a Stanley Junior School, Teddington School, Waldegrave School For Girls, and Esher College. She was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of six, but nevertheless was successful in school and was thus permitted to acquire a talent agent and pursue an acting career. ‚Yes, I have breasts. So does 50% of the population. Do we really have to waste time talking about mine? I don't think so.‛
Carey Mulligan (Constance Neville): Mulligan said that skiing is her favourite pastime, but she chose to practice the sport less in fear of losing an acting job because of an injury. Although she attended Catholic school, she considers herself spiritual. Her religious schooling showed the already skeptical Mulligan that Catholicism was too strict. Mulligan took part in the Safe Project by being photographed by Nick Haddow in the places they feel the safest, for a series to be auctioned off to raise awareness of sex trafficking. She donated the Vionnet gown she wore at the 2010 BAFTAs to the Curiosity Shop, which sells its donations from celebrities and fashion associates to help raise money for Oxfam's projects worldwide that aim to protect and assist women, like campaign against violence and give poor girls the possibility of education. The dress had a starting bid of £50 and Mulligan said she felt honored to be supporting the organization. ‚If someone sends me a bag and it’s really expensive, I think, ‘You should give these things away, you should make some money’. I just gave most of my shoes to my brother’s girlfriend, she went crazy. I tend to hang on to really nice things, but what can you do with a dress you wore to the Oscars? It sits there. It’s a bit of a shame really.‛
Russell Brand (Tony Lumpkin) In 1995, Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. By this point he was a heroin addict and an alcoholic. He was expelled in the final term of his last year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms because of poor reactions to one of his performances. After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy, and began writing material with Karl Theobald, whom he met at Drama Centre.
postcard of life, is it? It never feels like how you’d want it to look."
Dramatis Personae Mr. Hardcastle
Kate Hardcastle Kiera Knightly Constance Neville Carey Mulligan Tony Lumpkin
Charles Marlow Actor George Hastings Actor Diggory Actor Maid
Produced by Coya Paz
NOTES FROM THE TEAM
Oliver Goldsmith Born in Ireland sometime between 1728-1731 (debatable) Died of kidney disease April 4, 1774
Oliver Goldsmith, though short, lived a varied life with many experiences. Goldsmith received his Bachelor of Art from Trinity College, Dublin in 1750. He tried out many careers and even went to medical school at Edinburgh. Though he went by Dr. Goldsmith and did have a practice, it was uncertain as to whether he actually attained his Bachelor of Medicine. He was also a gambler, often losing all his money and a fan of drinking. Goldsmith went on a walking tour of Europe, paying his way as he went with his flute. When he moved to London in 1756, Goldsmith turned to writing. This came to be one of his successful endeavors. She Stoops to Conquer was written in 1773, A year before he passed away. Interesting quotes of what others said about Goldsmith: “Whether we take him as a poet, as a comic writer or as a “When in company with ladies he was always endeavoring after historian, he stands in humor, and as continually failed; but his ill success was equally first class.” diverting to the company as if he had succeeded. If they laughed - Dr. Johnson he was happy and did not seem to care whether it was with him or at him.” - Hilles from Portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Note from the Dramaturge As one can see, the life of Oliver Goldsmith was far from dull. He led a varied, drunken, ever changing life that most certainly is paralleled in his work. It was said that his humor was lost on the rich women, while women of a lower class favored him. This can be seen in Marlowe’s character. It takes Kate being seen as a lowly barmaid, for the two to fall in love. Marlow and Hastings were men who traveled, just as Goldsmith had journeyed for a year. [Also, during this time it was common of wealthy young men to go on a yearlong “grand tour” of Europe.] His life was ever changing and uncertain similar to his characters and the fast paced, whirlwind plot. Goldsmith himself was constantly poking fun at the society he lived in, just as his work illuminates these social quarks. Perhaps, and this is my interpretation of his personality, he almost looked at life as a Comedy of Manners. This way of looking at the comedy in life and society is relevant still today. Though we see this production and laugh at the ridiculousness of frivolous costumes, the stubborn class system and the characters fake portrayals of themselves; through discussion we reveal the same truths about our current time. It is from this distanced view that we allow ourselves to realize the absurdity of our own society and personal personas. Plus, it is a vibrantly entertaining way to point out the roles and manners that humanity tries to fulfill.
CONTRIBUTORS Selima Dougadir
Nina Genatossio Ryan Hake Bailey Heinz Alison Ennis Phillip Lewis
PROGRAM COMMITTEE Borwards: Founders of America
David Ball Jesus Conrad Members of the Text Analysis Co. Coya Paz
Published on Apr 12, 2011