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September 28, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis—The Viterbo Theatre Arts Department brings mischief and comedy to the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre through the play She Stoops to Conquer Oct. 13-15.

Written by Oliver Goldsmith and directed by Dean Yohnk, associate professor of theatre arts at Viterbo, She Stoops to Conquer or Mistakes of the Night is one of the funniest "laughing comedies" ever written. In this late 18th century masterpiece, you’ll meet Kate Hardcastle, a country girl who "stoops" to a lower social class in order to test and win the love of her betrothed.  You’ll also meet Charles Marlow, Kate’s suitor, who mistakenly thinks the Hardcastle mansion is an inn and Kate is a servant.

The story unfolds as young Charles, bashful with women of his own social class but uninhibited with women of lower social standing, travels to meet Kate, his prospective wife thanks to an arrangement made between their fathers.  Meanwhile, Charles’ traveling companion, Hastings, is in love with Constance Neville, the niece and charge of Kate’s mother.  After a day of traveling, Charles and Hastings stop at a tavern and seek directions. There they encounter Tony Lumpkin, Mrs. Hardcastle’s son, who plays a practical joke on the weary travelers.

Tony’s mischief sends the two for a night’s lodging at the Hardcastle home, which Charles and Hastings believe to be an inn where they can spend the night for a modest sum before continuing their travels. Upon arrival, the two proceed to make a poor impression on Mr. Hardcastle and family, whom they treat as servants at an inn. Remaining unaware that he is in the presence of his prospective in-laws, Marlow acts with arrogance and raises the ire of the Hardcastles.

Hastings soon discovers Tony’s trickery when he spies Constance but the two decide not to set the record straight so their plans for marriage won’t be spoiled. Thus the stage is set for Charles to pursue Kate, whom he thinks is a servant and for Kate to really begin to "stoop" in order to "conquer."

She Stoops to Conquer is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Tickets are $13 and $10.  To order tickets, please contact the Viterbo Box Office at 608-796-3100.


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