In its final production of the 2013-2014 season, Warren Wilson Theatre will present “Pygmalion,” a drama analyzing early 20th century classism and feminism. This production will run through April 24-27 at 8 p.m. in Kittredge Theater.
“Pygmalion” shocked and delighted its first audience in 1914 at His Majesty’s Theatre in London with its unconventional ideas and language, and became one of George Bernard Shaw’s most remembered plays. Shaw uses the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a man who fell in love with his ivory statue of a woman, as an inspiration to write an artfully didactic play for a Victorian audience.
In “Pygmalion,” Henry Higgins bets his phonetician comrade, Colonel Pickering, that he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, into a Duchess. Using witty humor and poignant monologues, this play explores Shavian concepts of feminism and middle-class morality with strong-minded characters, male and female alike. This play is family friendly.
Candace Taylor, director and Theatre Department head, is spending hours coaching the cast in the different English dialects and attitudes of 20th century London. Technical director Don Baker and crew are building a fantastic set that rotates to different scenes accordingly. The costumes are designed and handmade by Bev Ohler, costume shop manager. She and her crew are working hard to dress the cast in beautiful costumes made specifically for this production. With this dedicated team, “Pygmalion” will be a hit that should not be missed.
Warren Wilson Theatre cannot wait to present this hilarious yet thought-provoking production of “Pygmalion” as our season finale. All performances are open to the public. For information call 828-771-3040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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