The Witty “Arms and the Man” Premieres This Week

by Ashley Johnson

Zlato Rizziolli, back, and Briawna Jackson play Sergius Saranoff and Louka in “Arms and the Man”. Photo via Greg Eliason.

Zlato Rizziolli, back, and Briawna Jackson play Sergius Saranoff and Louka in “Arms and the Man”. Photo via Greg Eliason.

Ashland, Ore. – The timeless and humorous play Arms and the Man opens Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Southern Oregon University’s Center Stage Theatre.  George Barnard Shaw combines romantic comedy, class system satire, and the futility of war in one of the most popular pieces to date.  Taking place during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War, it deals with hypocrisies of human nature with wit and wisdom.

First produced on April 21,1894 and published in 1898, the play was one of Shaw’s first commercial successes and has carried his legacy all these years.  The story presents realism versus romance and promotes examination beyond the simple truths of life.  The play is directed by Jackie Apodaca, who also directed Marisol and La Terrasse for SOU in 2012.  She was the Producing Director for Shakespeare Santa Barbara, is a current actor, and edits at the actors’ trade paper Back Stage.

The assistant director is Annie Lineberry and the stage manager is Spencer Bertelsen.  The talented cast includes Austin Comfort, Nash Hascall, Briawna Jackson, Cesar Perez-Rosas, Zlato Rizziolli, Emily Serdahl, Moira Todd and Devin White. Scenic designer C. Murdock Lucas, costume designer Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, lighting designer Kody Johnson, and sound designer Kevin Burnette complete the staff.

Performances run Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27 to March 1 and March 6 to March 8 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. Tickets are $21 for general admission, $18 senior, and $6 student.  Get them before they sell out!  They can be purchased at the box office in the theatre arts building, open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before each performance.  They can also be bought over the phone at 541-552-6348 or online at sou.edu/performingarts with a credit card.

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