The Comedy of Asses

UMKC - Spencer Theatre

October 2011

 

Directed by Theodore Swetz and Stephanie Roberts

Scenic Design by Erin Walley

Costume Design by Allison Dillard

Lighting Design by Richard L. Sprecker

Sound Design by Ryan M. Hall and Cynthia Postlewait

A comedy by Plautus, The Comedy of Asses shows us a tried and true comedic technique of lower caste getting the better of the upper caste.  This production featured the ensemble also as an orchestra, with several sections of dialogue recreated into fun musical numbers.

by Plautus

Prologue
Prologue

Plautus sets us a slightly off-kilter world where the slaves get the best of their masters

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The stage
The stage

The scene of our city. Particularly fun to light was the collection of curtains upstage.

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Slaves in Discussion
Slaves in Discussion

Libanus and Leonida discuss their plans to command their master as if he were their slave.

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Master Bows and Scrapes
Master Bows and Scrapes

Agryrippus pleads at the feet of his slave Leonida for the money that will secure his happiness.

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Cleareta and the Ass-etts
Cleareta and the Ass-etts

The show was decked out with musical numbers, conceived of by our directors and performed by the ensemble as orchestra.

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Philaenium Seducing Leonida
Philaenium Seducing Leonida

More of the mischievous slave machinations to have their masters beg for the money they hold.

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Philaenium seducing Libanus
Philaenium seducing Libanus

The slaves have their fun.

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Diabolus and Parasite
Diabolus and Parasite

The Parasite reads the conditions of marriage to Diabolus.

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Grand Performance
Grand Performance

In grand musical tradition, our five performers sing their own lament, layered atop one another.

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Lament Finale
Lament Finale

Each with their own take on love, our performers finish.

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The Choir
The Choir

Our choir prepares to help sing for the slaves.

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Freedom
Freedom

The newly freed slaves sing celebrations of their freedom.

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