York College Theatre Division to open season with ‘Marie Antoinette’ Oct. 25-27
York College of Pennsylvania’s Theatre Division will open its season with the bigger-than-life story of “Marie Antoinette” Oct. 25-27 at the Waldner Performing Arts Center. Written by David Adjmi, the play will take the audience from Versailles to the guillotine as it follows the most famous queen of France from her wild days of cake to her final moments on the scaffold. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25-27, as well as 3 p.m. on Oct. 27. Tickets are free but seats are reserved at 717.600.3868 or ycp.edu/theatre.
How does a queen keep her head in the middle of a revolution? This sobering look at how our leaders fail us takes on the famous, frivolous and doomed Marie Antoinette as it holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death. The title role is played by Kyla Tacopina, a senior theatre major from Breezy Point, N.Y., who YCP audiences will recognize as Puck from last year’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” Joining her in the cast are Lyle Sweppenheiser (senior theatre major from York) as Louis XVI, Arielle Tetro (first-year theatre major from Glenside) and Taara Muhammad (sophomore theatre major from Forestville, Md.) as her ladies in waiting, and local York middle-school student Gilad Goldman as the Dauphin.
Variety called the play “audacious and stunning” when it premiered, and York College’s Theatre Division has assembled a professional production team to support the student actors in this madcap show. Baron Pugh is a New England-based scenic designer with his MFA from Boston University; costume designer Sarah Kendrick Watson completed her MFA from UC Davis. They are joined by Seth Werner, York College’s resident lighting designer, and director Suzanne Delle, an assistant professor of theatre.