Press Release - Office of College Advancement
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Fall 2011 Theatre Production:
Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young
Directed by Dor Atkinson
|Cost:||$15 Adults, $12 Student/ Staff/ Senior, $10 kids 12 & under|
|Where:||Smith Center at Ohlone College,
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Ohlone College Presents a Seventeenth-Century Classic Comedy with a Modern Twist
Fremont, CA—The original Servant of Two Masters, a 250-year old Commedia dell’Arte farce, features Truffaldino, the wily servant around whom all the comic madness explodes. Oded Gross and Tracy Young’s modern twist gives a timely and youthful edginess to Servant that looks like it was ripped from today’s headlines. Ohlone College’s Theatre Department presents three weekends of Servant of Two Masters, beginning November 4.
Goldoni’s original story depicts a hapless servant who, broke and hungry, finds himself in the service of two masters, penetrating the love lives and official affairs of two households, dodging one while narrowly averting disaster with another, and managing to outwit them all.
Gross and Young’s adaptation places the Goldoni farce within a second story, that of a down-on-its-luck theatre department, struggling with budget cuts and rolling blackouts, (broke and hungry!), struggling to tell the comic tale of Truffaldino despite all the challenges. They don’t quite “Occupy Ohlone” to make their point, but the characters will dazzle the audience with the struggles of living by their wits as their wallets fail, keeping their humor and humanity about them.