The theatre department presents Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw,” a farce in two acts. The play will open Friday, May 23.
“What the Butler Saw,” written by English playwright Joe Orton, follows psychiatrist Dr. Prentice and his attempts to seduce the young woman applying for a position as his secretary.
Mark Valdez, the director of the play, thinks “What the Butler Saw” is a natural fit for a college campus.
“It’s very much a subversive piece. It’s got this rebellious spirit, and points out a lot of the hypocrisy and the randomness of authority institutions.”
Since the play was written in the 60s, the actors spent a lot of time researching the cultural and political atmosphere it is set in.
“We spent the first few days of rehearsals just understanding the history, looking at a lot of timelines and newspapers, getting an understanding of the context,” says Valdez. “They continue to do their own research. They ‘ve been working really hard, and they’re doing fantastic.”
But you don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy the play.
“It’s really funny, and the characters are wonderful. It’s set in an insane asylum, so it has a lot of wackiness that permeates through the whole thing. It’s just a lot of fun.”
The play will run through June 1 in the Cal Poly Pomona University Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for students, seniors, faculty and staff.
For more information or to buy tickets online, visit https://classcsupomona.tix.com.