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Obie-award-winning play, One Flea Spare, opens Nov. 9

Posted 11/02/00

It's 1665: a year of the Plague. London. A comfortable house in a prosperous and wealthy section. Four characters from different classes are forced by the plague to stay confined together for a month, with their only outside contact a profiteering guard.

Set in this tension-fraught atmosphere where contact is contagion, poet and playwright Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare explores the nature of society and human relationships.

The play, which received the 1997 Obie Award, opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, for a two-week run of eight performances ending Sunday, Nov. 19, with a 2 p.m. matinee.

The Dartmouth Department of Drama production features an all-student cast directed by Mara B. Sabinson, chair of the drama department. The costumes are by Galina Solovyeva, a visiting professor, with lighting by Colin Bills '98 and set design by Christine Jones, a visiting professor.

The play moves through time and memory exploring class, sexuality and the very nature of human experience using language that ranges from the poetic to the colloquial.

During their month-long confinement, the five characters see the disruption of all that is normal.

From the entry of the 12-year-old waif Morse, who is supposedly the daughter of a noblewoman, and Bunce, a sailor hiding from the plague and press-gangs, life in the Snelgrave household is turned upside down. Sensibilities clash and alliances shift as these characters confront their own mortality and their true selves.

As the month progresses, dramatic tension reaches palpable heights, all the while highlighting the issues of class, gender and sexuality that the play explores.

The Dartmouth Department of Drama production will be staged in The Moore Theater of the Hopkins Center. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 18. A matinee performance at 2 p.m. is scheduled Sunday, Nov. 19.

Admission is $8 for reserved seats, $3 for Dartmouth undergraduates and $5 for all other students.

Tickets are available from the Hopkins center Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for window sales and for information and/or telephone orders at (603) 646-2422.

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