-- Performances on Thursday-Friday, February 13-14, are cancelled.
-- An extra matinee performance will be presented on Sunday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m.
-- Tickets may be exchanged for other performances of the play, Inherit the Wind, or Spring Dance.
By Ben Jonson Karl Kippola, director
Alchemy, a proto-science that would lead to the foundations of medicine and chemistry, posited that perfection was achievable. Alchemists boasted that, through the power of the philosopher's stone, all metals could be transformed into gold, and the elixir of life could confer youth and longevity to humankind. The greedy-induced credulity of the pretentious and stupid remains relevant today, where everyone wants something for nothing and yearns for success without work or merit. First performed in 1610 by the King's Men (the group of thespians to which William Shakespeare belonged through most of his career), it is generally considered Jonson's best and most characteristic comedy. Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that it had one of the three most perfect plots in literature.
This performance features AU's Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Yaniv Dinur, playing the Handel music specially arranged for the centenary of Jonson's comic masterpiece.