|Gros Rene, wily servant||Mark Friendly|
|Eraste, his boss, loves Lucile||Tory Mitchell|
|Marinette, wily female servant||Elizabeth Houghton|
|Lucile, beloved of Eraste||Elizabeth Fritsch|
|Ascagne, passing as male||Katie Mortemore|
|Valere, in love with Lucile||Stan Brown|
|Mascar, servant to Valere||Rian Turner|
|Frosine, Ascagne's nurse||MaryAnne Glazebrook|
|Albert, rich-guy, Lucile's dad||Mark Friendly|
|Polidora, rich-widow, Valere's mom||MaryAnne Glazebrook|
|Stage Manager:||Robin Pair|
|Song Lyrics:||Rian Turner|
Masque Alfresco presents: Lovers' Quarrels
Masque Alfresco presents its 12th Summer Park Tour with a modern adaptation of Lovers’ Quarrels by Moliere. This play is Moliere’s hilarious, romantic rendering of commedia dell’arte theater, suitable for all ages, with colorful period costumes, slapsticks, and broad physical comedy, plus Moliere’s astute social commentary updated with current political references. All performances are free to the public who are invited to join us for this event with picnics and lawn chairs and their funny bones.
Imagine a society where girls can't inherit (Downton Abbey, anyone?) and to save the family fortune, a very cunning girl, Ascagne, is forced to masquerade as a boy her entire life. Then imagine two hotheaded rivals, Eraste and Valere, both vying for the hand of Lucile, both equally convinced that she loves only them. Is Lucile a deceiving flirt playing one lover against the other, or is something else going on in the moonlit garden when Valere secretly marries the woman of his dreams? Add to this a mess of comical servants who mirror their masters with their own lovers' quarrels, plus two overbearing parents who need to keep up appearances, even if it kills them – and you have a recipe for hilarity and romance as only Moliere and Masque Alfresco can deliver.