Set in usually private surroundings, four couples are in for one crazy night in “Bedroom Farce.”
“It’s a play about marriage, fitting in and changing relationships,” says Julian White, assistant theatre professor and director of the production, which opens Nov. 15 in the University Theatre.
Each of the couples has some sort of history with one another, and they are all intertwined. Trevor is married to Susannah but used to date Jan, and they are all invited to the same party. It’s an endless night of co-dependence, ruffled relationships and domestic disputes.
White put a different spin on the comedy when he chose to cast all women in the eight-person show.
“I wanted to make the statement ‘People are people,’” White says. “I’m fascinated by the idea that after people are married for a while they begin to act the same, begin to become one person.”
Each of the women wears the same makeup and hairstyle, so the only thing that defines their gender is the clothing they wear, highlighting White’s point.
For the student actors, playing the role of a man as well as being a part of an all-female cast is a new experience.
“It’s a completely different dynamic,” says Lindsey Albert, a sophomore who plays Jan. “We’re not lesbian couples, we’re just people. The emphasis is on the relationship.”
“Bedroom Farce,” written by Tony Award-winning writer Alan Ayckbourn, runs Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for faculty, staff, students and seniors, and $15 for general admission. To purchase tickets, visit http://classcsupomona.tix.com/.
(Photo: Rachel Hale as Trevor and Jessica Farias as Susannah in the Cal Poly Pomona Theater Department’s production of “Bedroom Farce.”)