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Current Season

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Produced by Rice Players
Written by Don Nigro

Directed by Aaron Garrett ('12)
Lighting Design by Steven Pappas
Set Design by Jake LaViola
Costume Design by Mei Tan

This nightmarish comedy follows violin virtuoso Nicolo Paganini through a series of depraved adventures in love and music. Murdered lovers, ominous clockmakers, and a barbershop quartet contribute to the dreamlike strangeness of this inventive farce, which features many of Paganini's own caprices. As the absurd journey begins, the virtuoso asks, "which variation leads to salvation and which to damnation?" Throughout the piece, Paganini plays variation upon variation, as he and the playwright, Don Nigro, struggle to answer this impossible question.

October 2-4, 8:00 p.m.
October 9-11, 8:00 p.m.

Hamman Hall 

Image   The Servant of Two Masters
Written by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Christina Keefe
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Leraldo Anzaldua
Set Design by Mark Krouskop
Costume Design by Clair Hummel
Lighting Design by DustinTannahill

Disguised lovers, tricky servants, and well-meaning parents cross and double-cross one another in Carlo Goldoni’s 18the century slapstick filled, comic gem. The characters’ search for a happy ending depends entirely on the wily servant Truffaldino, who is constantly on the lookout for a decent meal. Truffaldino’s attempt to double his wages by being the servant to two masters unravels with delicious mayhem.

November 14-15, 8:00 p.m.
November 16, 3:00 p.m.
November 20-22, 8:00 p.m.

Hamman Hall