WHAT: “The Revenger’s Tragedy”
WHEN: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m., & Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: University Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747
COST: $15-general admission; $12-students and senior citizens. Group rates available.
INFO: (310) 243-3588
Seduction, and plots of revenge and murder descend upon the University Theatre main stage at California State University, Dominguez Hills in a production of Thomas Middleton’s 17th century classic, “The Revenger’s Tragedy,” on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
The dark Jacobean play directed by professor of theatre arts Bill DeLuca is pure theatre of revolt, creating a frenzy of annihilation that results in the destruction of a corrupt ruling class. Vindice, the central character played by Clayton McInerney, is bent upon revenge on the Duke (Dan Weinell) for the murder of his mistress Gratiana (Leslie Bayless). The heir to the Duke’s throne, Lussurioso (Rob Kaufman), is a foppish man intent upon seducing Vindice’s sister, Castiza (Andrea Esparza) while his jealous and ambitious step brothers are busy plotting his murder, and the youngest brother is in jail under sentence for rape. All of the court is deceived and deceiving, and this rotten core only decays further as the play goes on.
“The play is about the darkness within us and how it can take over our lives,” DeLuca said. “The true tragedy in ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’ is how the central character begins as an idealist but his journey reduces him to a knave. Vindice cannot escape the cursed circle he has sworn to break, reaffirming our central message in the show: The one who plots revenge should dig two graves.”
Also acting in the production are Dimitri Aureus (Officer I/Dondolo), Phil Bray (Antonio), Morgan Chancelien (Ambitioso), Stephen Farbman (Hippolito), Bethany Faler (Duchess), Jose Hernandez (Spurio/Keeper), Fernando Landeros (Noble 1), Nathan Marzett (Noble 2), Ruben Morales (Spuervacuo), Melissa Norman (Junior), and Patrick Quinn (Officer 2/Judge).
Tickets to performances of “The Revenger’s Tragedy” are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. For more ticket information and to purchase tickets online, visit csudh.edu/theatre/tickets. For other payment options, call the box office at (310) 243-3589.
Parking is located near the CSU Dominguez Hills University Theatre Complex in Lot 3 and Lot 6. Daily visitor parking permits are $4 and can be purchased using cash, Visa, MasterCard, or debit cards, at kiosk machines located in each lot. For a campus map, visit www.csudh.edu/VisitUs/campusmap.
For more information about “The Revenger’s Tragedy” or the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or visit: cah.csudh.edu.