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The Would-be Gentleman
Moliere's Commedia Dell'arte Satire
Adapted & Directed by Fayra Teeters

George Rogers Park Memorial Garden - in front of the Iron Foundry
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays @ 7:00 pm
July 18th - August 4th 2014

Beaverton Library Lawn - 12375 SW 5th Ave. & Hall Blvd, Beaverton
Saturdays & Sundays @ 7:00 pm
August 9, 10, 16, & 17, 2014

Hillsboro Civic Plaza - 150 E Main St., Hillsboro
Friday, Saturday & Sunday @ 6:30 pm
August 22-24, 2014

Admission is free (Hats passed at the end of the show)

Tory MitchellElizabeth HoughtonKen Dembo
Laurence CoxSarah Keyes ChangRian Turner
Daniel RobertsonRavyn Jazper-HawkeKathryn Brown
Amanda ClarkNan Frederick (Costumer)

The play is produced, directed, and adapted by Artistic Director, Fayra Teeters. It features Masque Alfresco regulars: Tory Mitchell, Ken Dembo, Rian Turner, Elizabeth Houghton, Ravyn Jazper-Hawke, and introducing to the world of commedia: Daniel Robertson, Laurence Cox, Amanda Clark, and Sarah Keyes Chang. Amazingly colorful commedia dell'arte costumes are created by Nan Frederick.

Imagine building a decent fortune through hard work and good business sense, only to blow it all trying to improve your social station - a pathetic reverse of "Keeping up with the Joneses." Jordain makes himself the dupe of every scammer, every fortune hunter, every sycophant in town. He hires a dancing teacher, a music teacher, a philosopher, and an extravagant tailor - all to prop him up in his dream of becoming a gentleman. His newfound friend, Count Dorante, steals money from him and scams him at every turn - all in the name of advancing his cause with the King. Jordain's long-suffering wife has the good sense to see through the sham, but she's becoming more of a shrew each day and is easily ignored. But selling her daughter to the highest bidder in the social-war will not happen on her watch!! Luckily, as in many of Moliere's plays, it's the wily, smart aleck servants who come to the rescue and save the day.

Masque Alfresco is now into its lucky thirteenth Summer Park Tour of commedia dell'arte plays by Moliere performed with all of the traditions: slapstick beatings, hat lazzi, colorful period costumes - but updated for modern audiences with political jokes and celebrity slams ripped straight from the headlines. And we're family friendly! Join us at any of our three park venues with lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, the family dog (on a leash) - and bring your funny bone!

Oregon Cultural Trust Clackamas County Cultural Coalition City of Lake Oswego Cultural Coalition of Washington County
Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation Beaverton Arts Commission