THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, Part II
The Belle’s Stratagem, by Hannah Cowley
London debutante Letitia Hardy has been engaged since birth to a man she has never met. After their first encounter goes horribly awry, Letitia vows to win over her handsome fiancé, Doricourt…by disguising herself as a rival for his affections. Meanwhile, Doricourt’s best friend, Saville, teams up with a motley crew to thwart a local Casanova hellbent on seducing an innocent young bride. This sparkling adaptation of Hannah Cowley’s Enlightenment-era comedy of manners features actors from across North America.
***This project makes up half of THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, a repertory audio production of George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Hannah Cowley’s feminist response, The Belle’s Stratagem.
Production Format: Audio drama
Release Date: April 2020
Zoom performance: Saturday, March 6th (7:30pm)
Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)
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Content warning: Sexual language & innuendo, threat of sexual assault
Director: Claire F. Martin
Claire F. Martin is the Assistant Artistic Director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She is a professional theater artist, specializing in Shakespeare, Restoration drama, and literary adaptation. The Beaux’ Stratagem marks the sixth in her eight-part series of all-digital collaborations between STS and the R/18 Collective. In addition to her work as a director, Claire is also a classically trained actor, playwright, and dramaturg. M.A. Theatre Directing, Royal Holloway. B.A. Theatre Arts & English (Honors), University of Puget Sound. SDC Associate Member, LMDA, SAA.
Editor: Wesley Johnson