‘Servant’ promises intrigue, love

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Beatrice, played by theater sophomore Grace Taylor, punishes Truffaldino, played by theater freshman Dillon McCoy, after she finds out he read her mail by mistake. Photo by Katherine Garcia

Beatrice, played by theater sophomore Grace Taylor, punishes Truffaldino, played by theater freshman Dillon McCoy, after she finds out he read her mail by mistake during rehearsal for “The Servant of Two Masters” Sept. 22 in McCreless auditorium. The play is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-17 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18 in McCreless auditorium.. Photo by Katherine Garcia

Director says season’s first play features chaos and crazy twists.

Pantalone, played by drama sophomore Zachary Ramon, surprises Clarice, played by drama and dance freshman Ailyn Duran, and Beatrice, played by drama sophomore Grace Taylor, after they have decided to go forth with their marriage.

Pantalone, played by drama sophomore Zachary Ramon, surprises Clarice, played by drama and dance freshman Ailyn Duran, and Beatrice, played by drama sophomore Grace Taylor, after they have decided to go forth with their marriage. Photo by Katherine Garcia

By Gabriela Rodriguez

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

This college’s theater program will stage its first play of the fall, “The Servant of Two Masters,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and 15-17 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18 in McCreless Theater.

Written by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni in 1746, the play is described as a comedy farce but a romantic story at heart.

As the story unfolds, an engaged couple’s happiness is interrupted when a stranger shows up with shocking news.

He reveals that the girl’s former fiancé — whom she believed to be dead — is still alive and plans to marry her.

The plot takes a crazy twist with a servant working for two people and an unexpected reveal.

“There’s peculiar characters, such as a female dressed as a man impersonating a male and all kinds of things making it funny and interesting,” said Paula Rodriguez, theater coordinator, instructor and director of the play.

Theater sophomore Brian Hill, who will play innkeeper Brighella, agreed.

Paula Rodriguez, director and drama professor, instructs Truffaldino, drama freshman Dillon McCoy, right, and the porter, drama freshman Gamez, on where to stand in their upcoming scene in the first act of "The Servant of Two Masters." Rodriguez described Truffaldino's character as a man who helps the two main couples — Beatrice and Florindo and Clarice and Silvio — reunite when Clarice is forced to marry another and "ultimately saves the day." Photo by Katherine Garcia

Paula Rodriguez, director and drama professor, instructs Truffaldino, drama freshman Dillon McCoy, right, and the porter, drama freshman Gamez, on where to stand in their upcoming scene in the first act of “The Servant of Two Masters.” Rodriguez described Truffaldino’s character as a man who helps the two main couples — Beatrice and Florindo and Clarice and Silvio — reunite when Clarice is forced to marry another and “ultimately saves the day.” Photo by Katherine Garcia

“It’s one of those you have to see it to believe it,” Hill said, noting that the production is “definitely family-friendly.”

Hill has participated in past campus productions such as “Boys Next Door,” “When You Coming Back Red Ryder?” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

The main characters are Beatrice Rasponi, played by theater sophomore Grace Taylor and Truffaldino Battochio, played by theater freshman Dillon McCoy.

Tickets are $5 with an Alamo Colleges or high school ID; $8 for other college students, seniors and military; and $10 general admission.

Any student at this college can join the Drama Club, which meets 5 p.m. Thursdays in the student lounge of McAllister Fine Arts Center.

The club offers workshops on auditioning, improvisation, games, field trips to see plays and other activities, Rodriguez said.

Call Rodriguez at 210-486-0492.

Florindo, played by drama sophomore Zeus Sanchez, slaps his porter, drama freshman Stephen Gamez, after Gamez demands more money for running an errand for Florindo. Photo by Katherine Garcia

Florindo, played by drama sophomore Zeus Sanchez, slaps his porter, drama freshman Stephen Gamez, after Gamez demands more money for running an errand for Florindo. Photo by Katherine Garcia

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