Theatre Season Continues With ‘A Gown for His Mistress’

March 27 2017
Category: The Arts

Image of students rehearsing the play, 'A Gown for his Mistress'

The Elmira College Theatre Department continues its 2016-2017 season with the French farce, “A Gown for His Mistress,” on March 30 through April 2 in Watson Arena. 

The play, by author Georges Feydeau, follows the tale of Dr. Moulineaux and the complicated web that develops when her husband and his wife and mother-in-law catch him in his mistress’s apartment.  The Moulineaux household erupts into an uproar, but the good doctor manages to lie his way out of it all with the help of a friend, who has a photograph that seems to solve everything.

Feydeau was born in France in 1862 to a well-known Parisian writer. He was influenced from a young age by prominent French farcical authors such as Eugène Labiche and Henri Meilhac. His first significant international success, The Lady from Maxim's (La Dame de chez Maxim, 1899) and the monumental A Flea in Her Ear (La Puce à l’oreille, 1907) have been translated, adapted and produced countless times. Feydeau is known for his immaculate theatrical structure and a preoccupation with an almost perfect geometry in comedy, a form of writing sometimes called the "mathematics of theater."

Featured in the Elmira College cast are Trevor Stone as Moulineaux, El Hoodak as his wife Yvonne, Mary Preston as Suzanne, Nathan Edwards as her husband Aubin, Jon Pilat as Bassinet, Sarah Kaschalk as Mdm. Aigreville, with Kelsey Sherlock as Etienne, Lyssa Fridella as Rosa, Rachael Patton as Mademoiselle Pompinette, and Renee Henck as Mdm Hebert. Victoria Juliano serves as stage manager, assisted by Rebecca Cook and Casey Stewart. 

Performances will be offered Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. The performances are free and open to the community. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact the Elmira College Theatre at 607-735-1981.