The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Thursday | October 31 | 7:30pm
Friday | November 1 | 7:30pm
Saturday | November 2 | 7:30pm
Sunday | November 3 | 3:00pm
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With a modern day theatricality remarkably ahead of its time, this witty comic satire of theatre (and its audience) contains much revelry, popular song, and audience interaction! Shakespeare’s contemporary and sometime collaborator, Francis Beaumont, penned this crazy comedy around 1607. Rarely produced in America, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (pun intended), has seen a recent revival due to prominent productions by professional American Shakespeare companies. The company of actors performing The London Merchant are forced to recreate their production on the spot, indulging the whimsical impulses of their audience and enduring their constant interruptions while improvising alternate characters and adapting their romantic comedy into an action adventure parody! If Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Cervantes and Shakespeare had a theatrical love child, it would be this contemporary classical mashup.

Directed by Walter Elder, M.F.A. Presented by Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, youth, and senior citizens

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