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March 28, 2011

Cabrillo Theatre Arts Department Presents Comical Farce The Marriage of Figaro

Aptos, CA— Aptos, CA— Cabrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department will present the popular French farce The Marriage of Figaro, April 22 through May 8, at The Cabrillo Black Box Theater.

Directed by Cabrillo instructor Joseph Ribeiro, this version of Beaumarchais’s famous play The Marriage of Figaro, translated by Ranjit Bolt, will be stage in colonial Mexico. Audiences can expect some lovely choreography by Dance Department instructor Rhonda Martin, a set by Skip Epperson and costumes by Maria Crush.
This steamy farce looks at social class and aristocratic power. Despite his class, Figaro outwits those with power and rank on birth, but not on ‘worth.’ “This is a fast French farce, “ explains Ribeiro. “Speech and action move at a rapid pace. For most students this is their first attempt at farce style, and they are working hard at it.” The cast of eighteen consists mostly of Cabrillo students and a few community players.
Written by Pierre Beaumarchais in 1778, The Marriage of Figaro (French: ‘’La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro, (The Wild Day, or The Marriage of Figaro)) is a comedy in five acts. The play is the second in the Figaro Trilogy, preceded by The Barber of Seville and followed by The Guilty Mother. The play was first performed officially at the Odéon on 27 April 1784, after having been censored for many years because of its satire of the aristocracy. Beaumarchais said in his preface to the play that it was Louis François, Prince of Conti who requested that this sequel to The Barber of Seville be written. Its denouncement of aristocratic privilege has been characterized as foreshadowing the French Revolution. The play features the main characters from The Barber of Seville: the barber Figaro, Count Almaviva, and Rosine, who in this play is now the Countess. Bartholo, the other principal character of The Barber of Seville, has a secondary role. Thanks to the great popularity of its predecessor, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro opened to enormous success; it reportedly grossed 100,000 francs in the first twenty showings and the theatre was so packed that three people were crushed to death by the opening-night crowd. The play formed the basis for one of Mozart’s most popular operas, also called The Marriage of Figaro.

What: Cabrillo Theatre Arts Department presents The Marriage of Figaro

When: April 22 - May 8
Friday & Saturday Nights at 8 PM, Sunday Matinees 5/1 & 5/8 at 2 PM, Saturday Matinee 5/7 at 2 PM

Where: Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos

Tickets: 831-479-6154
$18 General, $15 Students/Seniors, $12 w/Activity Card or Under 10.

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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