The Comedy of Asses
UMKC - Spencer Theatre
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.
Slaves in Discussion
Libanus and Leonida discuss their plans to command their master as if he were their slave.
Master Bows and Scrapes
Agryrippus pleads at the feet of his slave Leonida for the money that will secure his happiness.
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.
Philaenium Seducing Leonida
More of the mischievous slave machinations to have their masters beg for the money they hold.
In grand musical tradition, our five performers sing their own lament, layered atop one another.