Acme stages free outdoor production this weekend

By May 23, 2011

Truffaldino (Leah Julian, center) is right in the midst of the circus that's come to town (clockwise, from left, Alix Miller, Gigi Gilbert-Igelsrud, Neal Rock and Anna Eckert-Kramer) in Acme Theatre Company's production of "The Servant of Two Masters."


What: Acme Theatre Company’s production of “The Servant of Two Masters”

When: 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, May 30; stage opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking

Where: Davis Art Center outdoor stage, 1919 F St.

Tickets: Free

Acme Theatre Company will present “The Servant of Two Masters” as its annual outdoor offering, Friday through Monday, May 30, on the stage outside the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. The play by Carlo Goldoni is Acme’s 105th show, as part of its 31st season.

Showtime is 7 p.m. each evening, with the stage opening at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Guests are invited to bring their own dinners, or purchase food at the venue. Admission to the show is free.

The play is directed by Emily Henderson and Maddy Ryen, with Alina Lusebrink serving as stage manager.

In “The Servant of Two Masters,” Silvio is in love with Clarice. Clarice is in love with Silvio. All is well, until Beatrice (dressed as a man) arrives in town disguised as Clarice’s former fiancé.

Meanwhile, Florindo is in search of his lady-love — Beatrice! The slapstick gets stickier as Truffaldino struggles to serve two masters at once. Can love triumph over mistaken identities, confusion and a roguish servant’s insatiable appetite?

The show stars Leah Julian as Truffaldino, Margaret Starbuck as Beatrice, Alex Clubb as Florindo, Matt Gibson as Silvio, Roxanne McNally as Clarice, Antonio de Loera-Brust as Pantalone, Amber Bianchi as Smeraldina, Kashmir Kravitz as Brighella and  Dashiell Menard as Dr. Lombardi.

Also featured are Emma Soberano, Neal Rock, Anna Eckert-Kramer, Gigi Gilbert-Igelsrud and Alix Miller.

Since 1981, more than 3,000 young people in Davis and Yolo County have participated in Acme productions. The only Sacramento area community theater group run exclusively by and for high school-age students, Acme is fully self-supporting, deriving funds from ticket sales and from its summer youth drama program.

The company presents three to four productions each year, drawing from the best dramatic literature from around the world.

“Acme has concentrated on presenting plays with themes relevant to our community, our nation and our world,” Henderson said in a news release.

Recent productions have included Naomi Iizuka’s “Anon(ymous)”; Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers”; William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”; Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice”; “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind,” a self-written production of 30 plays in 60 minutes; and Ken Ludwig’s “The Beaux’ Strategem.”

Notable past productions include “The Laramie Project” by Moisés Kaufman, an examination of hate crime; Wendy Mcleod’s “The Water Children,” a drama concerning abortion rights; and “A Carnival of Follies,” an original comedy by Dave Burmester, a retired Davis High School teacher and the artistic director of Acme for 28 years.

For more information, contact Henderson, Acme’s artistic director, at (530) 401-6688 or [email protected]

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