The Athenian Players invite you to follow them to 16th century Spain for sword fights, beautiful period costumes, mistaken identities, and plenty of comedy in their production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s The Phantom Lady (La dama duende) at the Alabama Center for the Arts. Watch as a young woman, confined to her house by the rules governing the behavior of widows and family honor, devises a scheme to meet with the man she loves. The confusion and fright when her covert activities are attributed to a ghostly presence can only be cleared up when the women in the house finally let the men in on the secret.
The Phantom Lady (La dama duende) is one of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s most accomplished “cape and sword” romantic comedies. This Golden Age Spanish play centers on the strong willed Doña Angela, an attractive widow in mourning, who cleverly manipulates the men in her life who seek to control her. In order to thwart the wills of her two over-protective brothers, Angela exploits a moving panel in the wall of her brothers’ house, which she uses to convince her brother’s honorable guest, Don Manuel, that he is being haunted by a “Phantom Lady.” Mistaken identity abounds, with exciting sword fights, bumbling servants, and romance between nobles in this lighthearted Spanish comedy of honor.
Directed by Dr. Hugh Long, the play will run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 9-18 at 7:30 pm, with a matinee performance on November 12 at 1:30 pm. The play runs approximately 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now.
The production’s talented cast features students from Calhoun Community College, Athens State University and the local community. Performers includes Dennis Marshall as Don Juan, Richard Bransford as Don Luis, Connor Hinkle as Don Manuel, Meghan Swan as Cosme, Rabia SiddiquiI as Rodrigo, Heather Hammonds as Doña Angela, Jilya Gossett as Isabel, Karessa Kelley as Doña Angela, Laura Poe as Clara, and Ashley Busick and Haleigh Bradberry as servants. The master carpenter is Trent Thompson, costumes were designed by Dr. Kimberly Jack, Melissa Irvin was graphic designer and lead set painter, lighting designer is Josh Davis, sound designer is Kenna Riddle, and Tracy Szappan is the stage manager.
Performances will take place in the Studio Theatre at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur. Regular admission tickets are $15.00, and senior or student admission tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Alabama Center for the Arts box office, online at http://www.athens.edu/athenianplayers/upcoming-productions/ or by phone at (256) 260-3007.
If you visit some of the cast and crew’s favorite local haunts, The Railyard and Moe’s Barbeque, during the week of the show, bring your receipt to the box office and receive $5 off the price of your ticket! The Railyard, located on 2nd Avenue only a few blocks south of the Studio Theater, features high-quality Southern food and local craft beers. Moe’s is located right across the street from the theatre, next to the Princess, and offers delicious southern barbecue. (One discount per person.)
The Athenian Players are the resident theatre company at Athens State University. They make their home in the new Studio Theatre in the Alabama Center for the Arts, a black box theater that features state of the art lights and sound. The Athenian Players produce a play each semester, drawing the cast and crew from the diverse and talented ASU student body, students at other nearby schools, and the local Alabama community. Their goal is to continue the long tradition of quality dramatic productions from Athens State University’s illustrious history and to be a beacon for future theatre artists in the greater North Alabama region. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/athenianplayers. For information about the Drama program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/drama.