Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2010-2011 Season A Year of Playhouse Triumphs! with Pierre de Marivaux’s “The Triumph of Love,” translated by James Magruder. The production takes place from November 18-21. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m. Showtime on Sunday is 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students, Cameron faculty and staff. Cameron students are admitted free with their Cameron I.D. For reservations, contact the Cameron University Box Office at (580) 581-2478.
First presented by the Comediens Italiens in 1732, this timeless comedy clearly demonstrates the ageless affinity of laughter and love. Princess Leonide, in disguise, arrives in the garden of the philosopher Hermocrate to win some time in his retreat. She has fallen in love from afar with Hermocrate's student, Agis, who is the "legitimate" prince of the realm over which Leonide rules. Knowing that Hermocrate is steadfastly against women joining the retreat (except for his sister, Leontine, who helps run the place), Leonide puts on the disguise of a man and calls herself “Phocion.”
“Phocion” proceeds to woo all the people at the retreat depending on what they figure out about her/him. Hermocrate sees through the disguise so “Phocion” convinces him she had fallen in love with him and until Hermocrate gives her some time to prove herself, she will not leave. When “Phocion” meets up with Leontine, who buys the disguise, “Phocion” persuades her he is in love with her so she will petition Hermocrate to let “Phocion” stay.
Once “Phocion” corners Agis, she first wins him over as a friend, then later reveals she is a woman. Since he has been taught to loathe love and women as the object of love, he is at first resistant; but soon he is won over and falls in love. Now all the major players in the retreat prepare to marry Phocion (who by now calls herself by all different names).
When they all meet in the courtyard, ready to marry, “Phocion” reveals to all that she is Princess Leonide, that she is not hateful, loves Agis, and wants to abdicate the crown to him. The two young lovers go off together, leaving the older philosopher and his sister stunned and silent.
Starring in this production are Cameron students Alexander Huff, Christopher Jefferson, Brandon Landers, and Leah Mazur, all of Lawton/Fort Sill; Jay Diaz of Las Vegas, NV; Christan Gillis of Dallas, TX; and Neila Ettienne of Grenada.
“The Triumph of Love” is directed by Scott Richard Klein, Professor of Theatre Arts. Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Eric Abbott serves as Costume Designer, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Don Evans serves as Technical Director and lighting designer. Scenic design is provided by CU staff member Michael Ewing. The show properties design was done by Cameron student Stephanie Hesse of Lawton/Fort Sill.
Other students involved in the production are Hannah Brock, Joshua Fortney, Brandi Goldsmith, Stephanie Hesse, Brett Jolly, all of Lawton/Fort Sill; Tyler Breeze of Snyder; Truly Pettijohn of Marlow; and Sooula Soolua of Long Beach, CA.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts at 581-2478.
The Department of Theatre Arts is a member of Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.
November 12, 2010