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King's Studio 106 stages classic 'She Stoops to Conquer'

November 9th, 2011 4:11 am by staff report

   Irish author Oliver Goldsmith’s riotous comedy “She Stoops to Conquer” has kept audiences in stitches for more than two centuries.

   King College Theatre Program’s Studio 106 will give modern-day theatre goers a chance to appreciate the play’s timeless appeal with performances Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 in the college’s Fine Arts Theatre on the campus in Bristol, Tenn. Show time is 7:30 p.m., nightly.

   “Studio 106 is King Theatre’s series of performances for the exploration of challenging topics and the discovery of innovative performance styles,” said Elizabeth Dollar, chair of King’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts and associate professor of theatre. “Studio 106 aims to expose our audiences to the rich diversity of world dramatic literature and theory. Goldsmith’s comedy is a highlight of the 18th century. He pokes fun at the decorum of the time and the popular themes of love and virtue. Our behaviors haven’t changed all that much!”

   First performed in London in 1773, this comedy of manners continues to entertain and enlighten audiences today.

   The mix-ups and mistaken identities begin when two young gentlemen arrive at the Hardcastle country estate. The young men journey from London to meet their future brides, although young Marlow has never laid eyes on his intended fiancée, Kate Hardcastle, and Hastings has not received the family’s permission to marry his beloved, Constance Neville.

   To complicate matters, Tony Lumpkin, Mr. Hardcastle’s trouble-making stepson, plays a joke on the young men by convincing them that the estate is actually an inn, and that Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle are the innkeepers.

   Hilarious mistakes ensue as class struggles are highlighted, and friends and lovers are put to the test.

   “She Stoops to Conquer” is directed by Dollar and designed by Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre. Costumes are designed by Adriel S l a u g h t e r.

   The cast features King students Glory Allison, Ian Charles, Rachel Donaldson, Ethan Fields, Chip Hanks, De-Anda Hatfield, Tyler Kistner, Jenson Lavallee, Jonathan Leonard, Tinsley Long, Trung Phan, Chelsea Powelson, Samantha Salyers and Morgan Williams. Stage managers are Desiree Jordan and Daniel Reyes.

   Tickets for “She Stoops to Conquer” are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for students and free with King College ID. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

   For more information, call King Theatre at (423) 652-4839 or visit  

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