"Compleat Female Stage Beauty" by Jeffrey Hatcher

Jeffrey Hatcher’s dramedy, “Compleat Female Stage Beauty,” is being presented by the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) on April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Performances are in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on the Cheyenne campus. Recommended for mature audiences.

Set in England during the reign of King Charles II and the Restoration, a decree allows women to finally act onstage causing the most famous portrayer of female roles, Edward Kynaston, to lose his livelihood, his lover and his sense of self.

“This play is bulging with fascinating historical content,” says director Ann-Marie Pereth. “It is rife with themes of identity and gender, employs witty, gritty contemporary language and a spectrum of identifiable characters whom you’re dying to root for! Kynaston was an actual, living actor--a mega-star of the 17th century-- who was the very last of his rather unique kind. It’s kind of like ‘Shakespeare in Love’ meets ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch.’ And Hatcher’s creative liberties with history truly capture the many flavors of this flamboyant period.”

Pereth, a CSN theatre instructor, is working with a cast of 18, comprised of CSN students and professional and semi-professional community performers, during an intense 7-week rehearsal process.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 651-LIVE (5483) or visit www.csn.edu/pac.

The CSN Performing Arts Center, providing quality artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for the college and the community, is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.

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