By Hannah Zedaker
The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre invites the public to get swept up in a tangle of love stories as depicted in the upcoming production of “Cardenio.”
“Cardenio,” written by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee, is a romantic comedy which includes fragments of a “lost” play, of the same name, written by Shakespeare. According to Professor and play Director, David McTier, SHSU’s rendition of the play will serve as “Cardenio’s” introduction to the state of Texas.
“As far as I can tell, this is the Texas premiere of this little known play,” McTier said. “Simply put, this is a delightful play about the twists-and-turns of love–a perfect play to follow Valentine’s Day.”
The play takes place in present-day Italy where an American wedding has just taken place. As the play develops, the relationship troubles of many of the wedding’s guests unfold, but are conveniently resolved by the play’s conclusion.
“We chose “Cardenio” because it has an evenly divided cast of men and women and can be produced in our ‘fast and furious’ February slot,” McTier said. “We only have three and a half weeks of rehearsal before we go into tech, which is a full week shorter than our other productions.”
The cast of thirteen began rehearsing “Cardenio” Jan. 18, just less than one month before opening night. For three of the actors, theatre majors Mackenzie Haffey, Cortney Hafner and Nathan Wilson, “Cardenio” will serve as their “swan song,” according to McTier, as they are planning to graduate in May.
The production runs Feb. 17-20 at 8:00 p.m. with a matinee showing Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The performance lasts two hours and includes one intermission. McTier warns the play contains some adult content and language and is not appropriate for young children.
The production takes place on the SHSU campus in the University Theatre Center’s Erica Starr Theatre. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the box office at 936.294.1339.