This weekend marks the grand opening of the highly anticipated, much rumored about, ultra captivating theatrical performance put on by College of the Desert Performance Art Department’s…. “A Flea in Her Ear”.

The production debuts this weekend.  Starring some of the most bold and beautiful thespians from around town.  Lights, camera, action… and away we go…

Read below for more information…

*photo from past performance

As provided by CollegeoftheDesert.edu:

The sexy French farce and winner of the 2006 Jefferson Award for Best Adaptation, “A Flea in Her Ear” opens the 2010–2011 College of the Desert (COD) theatre season. Six performances are scheduled in Theatre Too for Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and matinees on Nov. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

In this adaptation, David Ives (a contemporary comedic master) has created a translation that maintains the original dazzling plot from the father of French Farce, Geroges Feydeau, while effectively communicating the use of language to an American audience. Critics throughout the world consider “A Flea in Her Ear” to be the greatest of French farces and perhaps the greatest farce comedy ever written.

Set in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, the main plot (in true farcical fashion) revolves around the eccentric Raymonde Chandebise and her husband’s (Victor Emmanuel Chandabise) sudden lack of romantic interest in her. She erroneously suspects him of infidelity and seeks the advice of her dearest friend, Lucienne. Using Lucienne’s handwriting, the two ladies pen an ardent letter to Victor Emmanuel from a fictitious mysterious admirer requesting a rendezvous at the scandalous Frisky Puss Hotel. This act of deception spins a web that eventually entraps the entire ensemble cast of delightfully delicious characters in a chaotic romp through the Frisky Puss Hotel; complete with cheating wives, jealous husbands, mistaken identities, slamming doors, and a bewildered young boy who can only speak using vowel sounds.

“A great farce comedy should leave the audience in a state of euphoric exhaustion,” says COD Theatre Instructor and Director Tres Dean. “The pace of this show is like no other production I’ve ever been involved with. As soon as the lights come up on Act One, somebody is chasing someone else. We’re working hard to stay true to the French Vaudevillian farce that Feydeau was so well known for, but we’re also embracing the contemporary style of comedy that David Ives has presented us in this adaptation. The final outcome is going to be an extremely funny (dare I say wickedly entertaining) show.”

The ensemble cast consists of current COD students Matt Chute, Natasha Garcia, Doug Newton, David Acosta, Josh Seaman, Saul Contreras, Chad Heaslip, Diana Valle, Sarah Durkton, Luis Salazar, and Christopher Moody. Community members include: Jennifer Bennett, Sean Corbin, and Katie Nelissen. The scenic design is created by Diamond Braverman, lights and sound by Doug Ridgeway, costumes by Geraldine’s, and make-up by Lynda Shaeps.

Friday & Sat. Nov. 12 & 13 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.

Friday & Sat. Nov. 19 & 20 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

Location: “Theatre Too” on the campus of College of the Desert. Tickets: $15 Adults / $13 for Students and Seniors

For ticket information and reservations, please call 760-773-2565. Tickets are also available at the College of the Desert Bookstore and on-line at www.ticketleap.com.

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