THE EMPEROR OF THE MOON

BY APHRA BEHN

Adapted by Jennifer Feather Youngblood
Directed by Michelle Batt

July 20 – August 6, 2017
Thursdays through Sundays @8pm

ABOUT

Aphra Behn’s 1687 comedy is a zany blend of commedia dell’arte, music, and science fiction. Servants and lovers run wild in this play which was hugely successful in the English Restoration Period. Behn’s work has been described as “an affordable mini-spectacle,” and she is considered one of the great women playwrights in all of classic theatre.

ACTORS:

Doctor Baliardo (M, 50+), Italian philosopher who believes in and is obsessed by lunar world on the moon

Scaramouch (M, late 30s-40s+), assistant to the Doctor; cunning and manipulative for the hand of Mopsophil and worthy ally to Elaria and Bellemante

Harlequin (M, late 30s-40s+), servant to Don Cinthio; cunning, imaginative, and naïve; rival to Scaramouch; in love with Mopsophil

Elaria (F,  20s), daughter of the Doctor; in love with Don Cinthio and hopes to marry him

Bellemante (F, 20s), niece of the Doctor; in love with Don Charmante; a poet and tease for Charmante’s ultimate affections

Mopsophil (F, 30s), lady in waiting to Elaria and Bellemante; flirtatious and fickle; enjoys teasing many suitors

Don Cinthio (M, 20s), gallant young man of the world in love with Elaria; cousin to Don Charmante

Don Charmante (M, 20s), gallant young man of the world in love with Bellemante; cousin to Don Cinthio

Kepler (M/F, any age), disguised servant of the Doctor’s house dressed as Kepler the philosopher; acts as Ambassador of the Moon

Galilius (M/F, any age), disguised servant of the Doctor’s house dressed as Galilius the philosopher; acts as Ambassador of the Moon

Performers (singers, dancers, instruments?), act as dancers, musicians, and moon people; could be disguised as servants around the house or set changers