The Hitches Of Being Hitched Showcased In A Comedic Double-Bill Of Shaw One-Acts

Of Marriage and Men, a sharp double-bill featuring two of George Bernard Shaw's one-act gems explores the humour of marriage. Directed by award-winning theatre veteran and Shaw Festival alumni Philip Akin, Of Marriage and Men - featuring How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny - begins previews May 13 at the Royal George Theatre.

She (Krystal Kiran) misplaces intimate poems from Her Lover (Shawn Ahmed) only to have them discovered by Her Husband (David Adams). Calamity ensues, hilarity follows and poetic justice unfolds in How He Lied to Her Husband, a quick-witted play about witnessing how far a man will go for love.

Napoleon (Kelly Wong) is thrust into a battle of wits against the Strange Lady (Fiona Byrne), with his wife's honour on the line. Armed with only his intellect and one dim-witted Lieutenant (Andrew Lawrie), Napoleon must fight one of his most important battles in The Man of Destiny.

Inspired by the artwork of Louis-François Lejeune and turn-of-the-century British interior design, set and lighting designer Steve Lucas transports the audience to both the Italian countryside and Downtown London for this double-header. These two eras are realized with costume designs by Tamara Maria Kucheran.

On stage at the Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from May 13 to September 9 (Media Premiere, May 23). Of Marriage and Men is proudly sponsored by the Gabriel Pascal Memorial Fund.

Cast (in alphabetical order):

How He Lied to Her Husband David Adams Her Husband Shawn Ahmed He (Her Lover) Krystal Kiran She (Herself) The Man of Destiny Fiona Byrne Strange Lady Martin Happer Giuseppe Andrew Lawrie Lieutenant Kelly Wong Napoleon
Creative & Production: Philip Akin
George Bernard Shaw
Steve Lucas
Tamara Maria Kucheran
Alison Peddie
Meredith Macdonald
Ashley Ireland Director
Playwright
Set & Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Production Stage Manager
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival's 2018 season is on stage April 4 with a playbill that features The Magician's Nephew, Grand Hotel, Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men., The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stage Kiss, Of Marriage and Men: A Comedy Double-Bill, O'Flaherty V.C., Oh What a Lovely War, The Orchard (After Chekhov), The Baroness and the Pig, Henry V, Secret Theatre and A Christmas Carol (on stage November 14 - December 23).

Direct bus service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Shaw Express begins April 4. Patrons can choose to come for a day or stay for the weekend with a round trip costing $25. New this season: the Shaw Express will stay for two performances on some Saturdays - departing Toronto at 10 a.m. and leaving The Shaw at 11 p.m. Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm dates and times with the Shaw Festival Box Office. A ticket to a 2018 Shaw Festival performance is required to access this service.

To purchase tickets for the 2018 Festival season and Shaw Express, please contact the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW and online at www.shawfest.com.



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