THROUGH OCTOBER 5 ~ McDaniel College Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” October 2 through October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The production will be directed by theatre department chair Elizabeth van den Berg.
Based on classical myth, this legendary comedy of manners tells the story of wily Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a "proper lady" at the hands of snobbish speech professor Henry Higgins. On a bet, Higgins takes Eliza in off the street and attempts to pass her off as a member of the upper class at a garden party. The end result produces a very ladylike Eliza, one with plans and feelings of her own. The show was the basis for the acclaimed stage and movie musical, “My Fair Lady.”
Director van den Berg feels “Pygmalion” is as sharp and insightful as ever. “Shaw’s play is about transformation. Shaw himself underwent some form of transformation, rising out of middle class alcoholic doldrums to relative prominence. His character Higgins transforms Eliza from a dirty ‘prisoner of the gutters’ to a beautiful, refined lady. I believe that language and the way we use it does have the power to transform, both the speaker and the listener. I hope our audiences are transformed by the power of this piece.”
The production features Daniel Valentin Morales as Professor Henry Higgins, Emily Wendler as Eliza Doolittle, and Kevin Anderson as her father, Alfred. Others in the cast include Alissa Beckett, Craig Corlis, Nia Gipson, Kelsey Gondek, Adam Brett Greenhaus, Josh Harding, Sarah Hull, Jennifer Litzinger, Elizabeth Maxman, Megan McCargish, Jen Shillingburg, Elena Waller, Juliette White, and Ben Zoghby.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
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