Amicus Productions Presents David Ives' Adaptation of IS HE DEAD? by Mark Twain, 11/14-23
Amicus Productions presents this riotous cross-dressing comedy at the Papermill Theatre, at the Todmorden Mills historical site, 67 Pottery Road, running November 14-16, & 21-23 at 8 p.m. and November 17 and 23 at 2p.m. Tickets are $22 regular adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for students. Group rates are available. For tickets or information, call 416-860-6176 or go to www.amicusproductions.ca. All seating is reserved.
Literary Legend Mark Twain's Broadway debut took place in 2007, and was well worth the wait. Adapted by David Ives (Venus in Fur, A Flea in Her Ear), "Is He Dead?" is a rollicking, mad-cap collaboration. In mid 19th Century Paris, Jean-Francois Millet, a destitute painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux, but her father and Millet are both in debt to villainous art dealer Bastien Andre, who is threatening to send both men to debtors prison, unless Marie agrees to marry him. Realizing that dead painters sell better than their breathing contemporaries, Millet and his apprentices scheme to fake his death and reap the financial rewards, while passing Millet himself off as his fictional identical twin sister, The Widow Daisy Tillou. All goes well until Daisy becomes the object of many affections and Millet must find a way to get out of the dress, come back from the dead, and marry Marie.
The play features Derek Perks as Millet/Daisy, Stephen Flett as Bastien Andre, Laura Vincent as Marie, Daniel Staseff as "Chicago", Chris Wakelin as "Dutchy", Tim O' Connell as O'Shaughnessy, Sandra Yeomans as Cecile, Douglas Tindal as Papa Leroux , and featuring Deborah Perry and Maureen Lukie as Madames Caron and Bathilde and Sam Polito as the Supporting Cast. The play is directed by Michael Hiller, responsible for such shows as "A Chorus of Disapproval" and "Nunsense" at Amicus, "The Odd Couple" for Scarborough Players, "Nuts" and "Beyond Therapy" for the Village Players
Amicus is on its 35th year of entertaining audiences and providing their members with the opportunity to share in the process of creating theatre. Volunteers are always welcome. Subscriptions to their 2013/2014 season which includes IS HE DEAD? , as well as Scotland Road by Jeffrey Hatcher, and A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev, are available for $48 for a standard subscription, $42 for seniors and $36 for students.
For further information, see www.amicusproductions.ca