The Forum Players, the student-based acting group at Genesee Community College will present Marivaux's classic 18th century French play, The Triumph of Love on February 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 p.m. and February 26 at 2 p.m. This play marks the first production for the spring 2006 semester.
The play, which is adapted and translated into English by Stephen Wadsworth, is a romantic comedy that follows the journey of Princess Leonide. The Princess has set out to return to her throne, which was usurped by her uncle, to its rightful heir - the handsome young Agis, which whom she falls madly in love. Her journey takes her to the gardens of the philosopher Hermocrate, who has trained Agis to hate the princess because of her family history. How does she execute her plan and how does she manage to convince all of them to do as she wants? Using a series of disguises and relying upon the help of Corine, her maid, Dimas, the gardener, and Harlequin, the valet, Leonide is able to seduce Agis, Hermocrate, and Leontine, (Hermocrate's sister). All three of them have their hearts stolen, but only one of them walks away with Leonide.
The cast consists of Elizabeth Batt, a second year student who plays the clever and determined Princess Leonide, Leah Stacy, a second year student who plays the loyal maid Corine, Brett Irwin a second year student who plays the handsome young Agis, Jason Reed a first year student who plays the unloving philosopher Hermocrate, Laurali McLean a second year student who plays the unforgiving sister Leontine, Brianna Kaminskas a first year student who plays the overprotective and dimwitted gardener Dimas, and Jason Beideck '02, a Genesee alumnus, who plays the lighthearted and comedic valet Harlequin. The small cast is also reflected in the design of the show. A few tree stumps, a garden bench, and a swing provide the basics. Greenery, shrubbery, and a slide projection add the final detailing touches of the design.
The show is directed by David Schuler, an adjunct faculty member who teaches theatre history and acting at Genesee. When asked why he selected the play he commented, "I was almost immediately struck by the modern feel and sense of relationships in The Triumph of Love. In it Marivaux presents us with wonderful insight into the complex duality of human relationships. The play not only asks an audience to rethink its preconceived notions about the head versus the heart, but also confronts our perceptions about sexuality, gender and that fine line that exists between love and friendship. It also provides a challenge for the students to step into a role they aren't used to playing, and stepping out of their comfort zone."
Tickets for The Triumph of Love are available by calling the Arts Center Box Office at 585-345-6814. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 18 and senior citizens, and $2.00 for Genesee students with a current ID.