A Bold Stroke for a Wife to Take Mainstage at IWU

March 30, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University School of Theatre Arts will present its last mainstage production of the year, A Bold Stroke For A Wife, April 12-17 in McPherson Theatre (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).

Performances will be at 8 p.m. April 12-16 and at 2 p.m. April 17. The production is under the direction of Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Sara Freeman.

A Bold Stroke For A Wife, first performed in 1718, was written by Susanna Centlivre, one of the first professional female playwrights. Critics have described A Bold Stroke For A Wife as “perhaps the finest example of Centlivre's masterful plotting of comic intrigue.” Set in 18th century England, the play tells the story of a military officer, Colonel Fainwell, who wishes to marry a young woman named Anne Lovely. However, standing in Fainwell's way are Anne's four guardians who include an antiquarian, an old beau, a Quaker, and an exchange broker. In order to have Anne's hand in marriage, Fainwell has to convince each of these protectors that he will make an ideal husband. In hopes of obtaining their permission through flattery, Fainwell dresses in elaborate disguises, which mimic the varying personalities and occupations of the guardians he is to persuade.

Tickets are $6 for performances on April 12, 13, and 17 and $8 for performances on April 14, 15 and 16, or $1.00 with a valid student I.D. Tickets can be purchased by calling the McPherson Theatre Box Office at 556-3232.

For additional information, contact the School of Theatre Arts at (309) 556-3195.

Cast Role
Zach Bosteel Tradelove
Don Denton Sir Phillip Modelove
Annie DiMaria Betty
Timothy Dunn Colonel Fainwell
Matt Erickson Obidiah Prim
Katie Genualdi Anne Lovely
Vaughn Irving Periwinkle
Loren Jones ensemble member
Megan Keach Mrs. Prim
Katie Konrath ensemble member
Adam Lillibridge Simon Pure
Adam Miller ensemble member
Torri Newman Mrs. Sackbut
Gilliam Weston Freeman
Sarah Ziebart ensemble member
Crew Title
Rachel Brown Assistant Costume Designer
Rob Carroll Master Carpenter
Josh Epstein Lighting Designer
Sara Freeman Director
Jesse Gaffney Assistant Technical Director
Loren Jones Assistant Stage Manager
Nolan Kennedy Assistant Lighting Designer
Katie King Assistant Stage Manager
Brian Kowalski Assistant Scenic Designer
Dale Marshall Assistant Lighting Designer
Marcia McDonald Costume Designer
Kristen Meyer Properties Head
Emily Monteagudo Stage Manager
Justin Murphy Assistant Scenic Designer
Ryan Naimy Wardrobe Head
Elizabeth Schroeder Assistant Costume Designer
Kelly Britt Shaw Hair/Makeup Designer
Janessa Styck Assistant Costume Designer
Armie Thompson Technical Director
Curtis Trout Scenic Designer