Published : Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 12:11 PM
Parson’s Nose Theater, continues their 2018-19 season with Carlo Goldoni’s farce, The Servant of Two Masters. This 75-minute version was adapted by and features PNT Artistic Director, Lance Davis.
“We are delighted to spread a thick layer of Italian farce all over the month of February,” says Mr. Davis. “Carlo Goldoni’s 1750 classic retelling of a 16th Century improvised comedy kicks off our new year. I have created my own improvisation of the story of the hapless servant Truffaldino who reluctantly defies the Biblical caveat, “No man can serve two masters,” in order to buy a sandwich.
“Lombardi’s son Silvio loves Clarice, but her father, Pantalone, has promised her to the wealthy dung merchant Federigo Rasponi, who is really Beatrice Aretusi disguised as a man searching for her lover, the tango teacher Florindo, so they can run off and open a dance studio in Brooklyn. It’s complicated. It’s also the classic foundation for every madcap farce from Bringing Up Baby to Seinfeld.
“Join us for 75 minutes plus intermission, to socialize with wine and home-baked “Pat Bell” cookies in our historic Marston/Van Pelt chapel and forget your troubles. Bring friends and dine in Old Pasadena before or after. Kick off 2019 with something new!”
The production stars the PNT Company, featuring Lance Davis as Truffaldino. Davis has appeared in over 150 professional productions On- and Off-Broadway and throughout the U.S. He was a company member of the Tyrone Guthrie Theater Company in Minneapolis for five years and has been seen in a variety of television shows including Roseanne, Coach, Twin Peaks, Murphy Brown, and others. 18 years ago he Co-Founded Parson’s Nose with wife, Mary Chalon, and has been producing, adapting, directing, and acting with the company ever since.
The cast of The Servant of Two Masters includes James Calvert as Lombardi, Marissa Chandler as Beatrice, Lance Davis as Truffaldino, John Harnagel as Brighella, Stuart Orloff as Silvio, John Rafter Lee as Florindo, Jill Rogosheske as Smeraldina, and Heather Taylor as Clarice. Directed by Lance Davis. Set by Jen Orsini. Costumes by Michael Mullen.
The Servant of Two Masters previews February 8, Runs: February 9 – March 10, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Single Ticket prices are $35 for Adults, $25 for Seniors, $20 for Students. Reservations online at www.parsonsnose.com or by calling (626) 403-7667. Preview Performance is “Pay What You Will.” Running time: 75 minutes + intermission. Ages 12+.
Parson’s Nose Theater, 95 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, (626) 403-7667 or visit www.parsonsnose.com.