WILSON, N.C. — October 20, 2023 — Theatre at Barton’s fall production of “Lady Susan” by Rob Urbinati promises a scintillating story of manners, love, and suspicion, featuring a conniving rivalry for the same eligible gentleman — with all of the expected wit and humor supplied by the essence of Jane Austen’s novella.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday evenings, Nov. 9-11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. With limited seating capacity, advance reservations are required. Visit www.barton.edu/theatre to reserve tickets: $15 adults; $8 child, senior, and military; and $10 Barton Faculty/Staff. Barton students are admitted free with I.D. and advance reservation.
In this charming, fast-paced period comedy, the young widow Lady Susan flees London against rumors of an untimely affair, arriving at the country home of her kind, obliging brother-in-law and his untrusting wife. Surprise uninvited guests arrive in the form of a handsome well-to-do suitor, Lady Susan’s willful daughter, a chatty confidante, and a dimwitted bachelor. Will the truth lead to complete family disintegration, more loss, or true love?
Director Sherry Lee Allen, explains, “The Regency era is quite enjoyable as we discover the naughty implications and snarky undertones that sometimes forbid truth-telling, yet speak volumes.”
The show’s talented cast members include Alyssa Krasovich in the demanding title role, Jordan Peartree as the handsome Reginald DeCourcy, and Chris Hodges as Charles Vernon, along with Tamaira Hawkins as Alicia Johnson. Frederica Vernon, Lady Susan’s daughter, is portrayed by Monica Shaver, and two guest artists join the company this fall: Cindy Jones as Catherine Vernon, and Zachery Rayburn, Barton Theatre Class of 2016, will portray Sir James Martin.
Costumes and props have been designed by Dorothy Austin-Harrell, and technical director Michael Dornemann has overseen the sets and lighting design. Senior communications major Kayla Cephus has designed the sound, and Brianna Nicole Tenhet will serve as the stage manager for the Barton production.
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